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.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams. It has the support of the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school athletics.
Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said he was motivated by the growing anxiety from parents about the risks associated with concussions. The American Academy of Pediatrics, writing in support of the bill, said head injuries from football may lead to long-term brain damage and early-onset dementia.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Crime Victims United of California presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights.
SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. In this role, Cooley will lead his colleagues in developing policy addressing the ever-changing needs of kids in California’s foster care system.
“California’s foster care system is not as effective as it can be, often placing burdens on families and relatives trying to help children without homes. These policies can also restrict access to key resources children need to help them succeed,” said Cooley. “I am honored to accept this appointment as Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and am eager to work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve our system.”
SACRAMENTO – On Monday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) awarded Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully with the California State Assembly’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cooley nominated Scully for the award for her work as Sacramento’s chief criminal prosecutor and as a principal victim rights advocate in the region.
“20 years ago, in her first year as Sacramento County District Attorney, Jan was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Alby. It is a great privilege to honor Jan as Woman of the Year on the Floor of the Assembly again as she closes out two decades of outstanding service to the people of Sacramento,” said Cooley.