California schools will be forced to limit the number of hours and days their football programs' young athletes can practice tackling and other game-speed hitting plays under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown that responds to concerns over brain injuries that affect thousands of students.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to all middle and high schools, including private schools, is being welcomed by some coaches but criticized by others, who caution that it could result in more injuries as lesser-prepared athletes take the field.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB 2127, which prohibits football teams at public middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes on a single day, bans teams from holding more than two full-contact practices per week during the season and prohibits teams from conducting contact practices during the off-season.
The new restrictions, which take effect Jan. 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries.
The California Interscholastic Federation, in charge of high school sports in the state, supported the bill that was sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova).
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation limiting full-contact football practice for California teenagers, his office announced Monday.
The legislation comes amid increasing concern about brain injuries in football. Assembly Bill 2127, by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, prohibits middle school and high school football teams from holding full-contact practices during the off-season and limits them to no more than two full-contact practices per week during the preseason and regular season.
Rancho Cordova – On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127—which seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the playing field too soon. Procedures for return-to-play will be developed by the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees competitive high school sports for 1,540 California schools.
“I thank Governor Brown for his outstanding leadership in signing AB 2127. This is a strong step toward protecting our young athletes from both near and long-term brain injury, and I anticipate other states will follow our lead as they consider the interests of kids and families,” Cooley said. “We have a multitude of evidence that this does not just affect professional athletes, but that younger kids who are still developing are just as susceptible and the effects of impacts are more enduring. Medical research has shown hits don’t have to produce a concussion to have long-lasting effects.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees California high school athletics.Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said his bill is motivated by parents worried about the risks associated with concussions, which include long-term brain damage and early onset dementia.
Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport.
The measure, which limits practices with full-on tackling during the playing season and prohibits them during most of the off-season, comes amid growing concern nationwide over brain damage that can result from concussions among student as well as professional athletes.
"This is a very balanced approach," said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the law's author.
(Los Angeles) – California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has authored legislation that would limit the amount of time that high school and middle school football players can engage in "full contact" practices. If signed into law, Assembly Bill 2127 would prohibit full-contact practices in the off-season and limit those practices to two per week during the football season. AB 2127 would also put procedures into place to ensure that student athletes don't return to the playing field too soon after suffering a brain injury.
"Over the past several years, there has been national visibility on the impact of hard hits in youth through professional football," Assemblyman Cooley said. "We have a multitude of evidence that this does not just affect professional athletes, but that younger kids who are still developing are just as susceptible. Medical research has shown hits don't have to produce a concussion to have long-lasting effects."
Los Angeles television station KABC covered the story. Watch this Assembly Access Video to see the details.
The diverse group gathered to learn about football techniques that would be legal under a bill authored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley aimed at preventing concussions in high school football players by reducing high-impact contact during field practice.
The event was cosponsored by the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, Cooley and O'Neil's organization, Practice Like Pros, a nonprofit that's educating college and high school coaches about the benefits of adopting professional teams' approaches to reserving full-contact for game day.
SACRAMENTO – On Monday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 2187 – was signed by Governor Brown. AB 2187 clarifies the pathway of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate, as to the portion of the fee used for child abuse prevention and intervention programs. Previously, the fee collected did not necessarily follow the child into the county in which he or she was going to be raised to fund programs in that county, if the child’s mom gave birth outside of that county and that county had a delivery facility.
“Given the current nature of health care delivery, in which health insurance rules may dictate what delivery facilities are in a patient’s ‘network,’ some patients may not have a choice but to deliver outside the county in which they live. As a result, the birth certificate fee revenue is lost to the county in which they delivered not the county where services may be used,” explains Cooley.
Rancho Cordova - Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 passed unanimously out of the State Senate’s Education Committee this morning. AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the playing field too soon. Procedures for return-to-play will be developed by the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees competitive high school sports for 1,540 California schools.
“Over the past several years, there has been national visibility on the impact of hard hits in youth through professional football,” Cooley said. “We have a multitude of evidence that this does not just affect professional athletes, but that younger kids who are still developing are just as susceptible. Medical research has shown hits don’t have to produce a concussion to have long-lasting effects.”