Concussions in Youth Sports
As high school football teams took to the field for the opening day of spring drills Monday, their heads may be in practice but their minds may be on Tallahassee. That's because state lawmakers are thinking about concussions in youth sports. Florida lawmakers are considering bills that would force sports governing bodies to develop a back to play scenario for those who receive such a hit. Under the proposals, players who've received a concussion would have to get a doctors okay before being able to return to play. Some said prevention, not regulations, will truly make the difference.
"You want to make sure there is air in the helmets, kids got a mouth piece, they learn how to hit properly. You want to avoid the helmet to helmet contact and I think that's the big thing that we all need to focus on...get away from helmet to helmet contact because that's where most of your concussions come from," said Santa Fe High School Head Football Coach Tommy Keeler.
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