Football Concussion Issue In Forefront

California Law sparks interest Nationwide

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Updated: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:35:24 CST

When California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law limiting public school football practice hours, coaches and medical professionals nationwide and here in Nebraska took notice...

That California law is pretty straight forward – only two full contact practices for public middle and high schools a week, not lasting more than 90 minutes each.

Of course none is allowed in the off season. St. Cecilia coach Carl Tesmer says his program does not operate much differently than the Califoria law will mandate to its schools.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE DO AROUND HERE AND I KNOW WHAT WE DO AND I'M SURE WE'RE NOT A WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT THAT WHAT OTHER SCHOOLS ARE DOING. WE'VE KIND OF LIMITED OUR CONTACT. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I PERSONALLY HAVE GONE WITH THAT THEORY THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THAT THE LESS THAT WE BEAT UP ON PRACTICE WITH EACH OTHER THE BETTER WE ARE ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.

How mnay other states will follow California's lead trying to improve player safety by limiting such practice time? According to Hastings Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Curtis Reimer all should and likely soon will.

WELL I THINK ITS GOING TO BE NATIONWIDE AND NEBRASKA HAS ALREADY ADDRESSED THAT WITH SOME CONCUSSION LAWS OF THEIR OWN.

Physical therapist Gene Parks threats sports injuries. The less hits a plyer takes, apparently the better, but will those players be prepared to take and give hits during the game?

ITS AN INTERESTING COMCEPT TO SEE IF IT WILL REDUCE ANYTHING BUT ON THE OTHER HAND AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL THE TEACHING AND STUFF TO PREVENT IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT SO I DON'T KNOW IF THE TWO DAYS WILL BE ENOUGH. MAYBE IT WILL BE.

SO IT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME I THINK THE AWARENESS IS GOOD  FOR EVERYBODY TO THINK ABOUT AND WE GET MORE SAFETY ISSUES YOU KNOW TACKLING, RULES THAT WILL LIMIT SOME OF THOSE INSTANCES BUT YEAH WE SEE IT.

Will less practice mean less injuries? The state of California is counting on that and states like Nebraska will watch closely as the thinking is that any efforts to prevent as many football injuries as possible is worth trying.