Assemblyman Cooley Wants to Protect High School Football Players From Brain Injuries

Saturday, July 12, 2014

(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.