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California Tackles Student Football Injuries With New Law

California Tackles Football Injuries With New Law

Schools in California are tackling football concussion concerns with a new law that will limit the total number of hours and days their football teams can practice tackling and other hitting plays. 

According to the SFGate, the law responds to concerns over brain injuries that affect thousands of young students in the state. The new law takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to all middle and high schools and private schools.

The law has been welcomed by some coaches, but highly criticized by others. 

"We hold these kids' futures, and that is a grave responsibility," said Mike Ivankovich, head football coach of Alcalanes High School in Lafayette. "Reasonable limitations like this are a good thing."

Some coaches, however, said the law could lead to even worse injuries. 

"Unless you practice, you're not going to know how to protect your head and neck, how to fall properly, or how to tackle someone else safely," said Chad Nightingale, head football coach at Salesian High School in Richmond. "That's the irony of this."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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