New California Law Restricts Full-Contact Football Practice to an Hour a Week for Children - NBC 7 San Diego

New California Law Restricts Full-Contact Football Practice to an Hour a Week for Children

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    New Law Will Limit Full-Contact Football Practices

    California is limiting full-contact practices for youth football teams to reduce brain injuries. NBC 7's Joe Little has more information. (Published Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Serious illnesses have been linked to concussions, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease.

    • The NFL has acknowledged there is a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

    • Chargers great Junior Seau was found to have suffered from CTE, a disease where protein forms clumps in the brain.

    California is limiting full-contact practices for youth football teams to reduce brain injuries.

    Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Wednesday limiting full-contact practices to 30 minutes per day, twice a week. The practices are banned entirely during the offseason.

    Previous state law had limited full-contact practices for middle and high school football teams to 90 minutes per day, twice per week.

    The new law also requires a medical professional to be present for all games and an independent person to attend all practices. They will have the authority to remove players who show signs of an injury.

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    NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports from the strong side.

    (Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019)

    The state legislature approved the bill earlier this month with no opposition.