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Thursday, July 24, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions. Under the legislation taking effect in 2015, drills involving game-speed tackling are prohibited in the off-seasonandare limited to 90-minute sessions twice a week the rest of the year. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools. Texas has even stricter rules by allowing only one 90-minute full-contact session a week.

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A boys Catholic high school in Los Angeles will require all students to undergo baseline testing for concussions -- whether they are athletes or not. The Los Angeles Times reports that each of Loyola High's 1,270 students will undergo the 45-minute exam assessing balance and brain functions.

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Typical liberal law that makes everyone THINK they are doing something positive but instead will result in increased number of injuries.

When you play football you have to understand how to hit ...and how to take a hit. With limited practice these kids will get into a game under game speed and instead of instinctively knowing how to protect yourself - you move the wrong way and get injured.

I coached and played for multiple years and found that the MORE we hit in preseason the LESS injuries we had.

Some coaches over do it and some do not coach proper techniques. You do a day or two of hitting then do basic drills and techniques for a day or alternate the practice in two a days so you hit in the morning and do drills in the afternoon.

#1 | Posted by foshaffer at 2014-07-24 08:38 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Jerry just turned California in a soccer camp for girls. Sounds like the PAC-12 is going to have to step up their recruiting from the other 49 states.

I'd like to see a chart that looks for a relationship between the number of teams playing on artificial surfaces to the number of concussions. For that matter, compare it to the number of knee injuries as well. The move away from natural turf has to have some correlation. Artificial turf is comparatively unyielding.

I coached and played for multiple years and found that the MORE we hit in preseason the LESS injuries we had. NOTEWORTHY

I'll say it again - as the armor gets better, so do the weapons. Take away helmets and minimize shoulder pads and get football back to its roots.

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-24 08:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

#1 continued. And I forgot to add that wearing helmets make motorcycling more dangerous. - Philosaffer

#3 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-24 09:27 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I know all you good-ol'-boys love to bash CA, but did you even read the article. Your favorite bastion of 'freedom', Texas, has even more stringent regulations. Jeez!

#4 | Posted by mad_as_hell at 2014-07-24 09:30 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

This is why real people are getting out and leaving behind the nuts.
The state will fail like Detroit.

#5 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-07-24 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Jerry just turned California in a soccer camp for girls."

"Texas has even stricter rules by allowing only one 90-minute full-contact session a week."

So, what does that say about Texas?

#6 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-24 09:44 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#6 It says that they have unofficial practices and full-contact 'camps'. I expect the same will be true in California where they can get away with it.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-24 11:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG

Perry has turned Texas into a soccer camp for girls.... (working on Mustangs issues with consistency)

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-07-24 12:17 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

predicted way back in 1978:

www.youtube.com

#9 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-07-24 01:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Less concussions, less rwingers.

No wonder they are so pissed.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-24 01:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Less concussions, less rwingers."

Hey, it would be a good thing if a few more progs got some sense knocked into them.

#11 | Posted by salamandagator at 2014-07-24 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5: This is why real people are getting out and leaving behind the nuts.
The state will fail like Detroit.

We're all tired of this crap. It's old and it's wrong. The state is doing quite well fiscally. It's by far the best state in the USA. Your favorite gov (Perry) has to visit occasionally to try to entice some business or other to move to TX when offered some sweetheart special tax and incentive deal. Who would move otherwise? People and companies locate in CA because they like it. Good, tolerant people, the best weather in the world, and way-above-average intelligence.

#12 | Posted by mad_as_hell at 2014-07-24 06:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

I actually support this.

And it won't affect the quality of football in California.....or Texas.

When they post the top 100 high school prospects......how many are from California and Texas (yes...highly populated states but it's still overwhelmingly disproportionate in favor of those 2 states).

Geez.......is playing a damn game worth the risk of brain damage?

If I were a California parent, I would be cheering this and it might make the difference of whether or not I let my son play football.

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2014-07-25 10:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Athletes are bigger and stronger. As such there will be more injuries. I agree with #1. Conditioning and proper coaching prevents injury more than anything. Eliminating it will likely lead to more injuries.

Mustang, your question about artificial turf is the same that I had. While I don't have it handy, I did read that the main thing about modern artifical turf is consistency. How many posters remember playing/practicing on fields late in the season or after a rain storm? Knee and ankle injuries were everywhere. And the modern turf is not carpet laid on top of concrete like the old stuff. Its more like playing on a perfectly maniicured lawn with rubber pellets down in the piling. I would rather get tackled on my local high school field than in my own front yard.

Last. Parents need to remember that football is not for everyone. One of my neighbors kids will be a sophomore this year and really wants to play. While he's got the heart, his body is that of a classic 90 lb weekling. Unfortunately for him the local high school competes for the State 5A Championship just about every year. That kid simply does not need to be on the field when even the kicker is twice his size.

#18 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-07-25 05:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

And I forgot to add that wearing helmets make motorcycling more dangerous. - Philosaffer
#3 | POSTED BY CRISISSTILLS

I know you think the only thing you did was put on a helmet, but your attitude changes, but the risks haven't....

It is true for cyclist.....

"Finally, wearing a helmet may create a false sense of security and induce risk-taking that cyclists without head protection might not make. Those wearing helmets may take risks that they wouldn't otherwise take without head protection."
bigthink.com

#19 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-25 06:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

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