California Law Limits School Football Practices to Cut Concussions

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – 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.

Cooley had faced criticism for backing the bill, including heated talk radio discussions during which he was accused of going too far, but he said on Monday that the new law was supported by coaches.

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