Texas lawmaker aims to tackle football head injuries
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Texas football resides in the hearts of many towns, but the violent nature of the sport can cause serious physical damage.
Brownsville State Represented Eddie Lucio has proposed a bill that would reduce full-contact practices for middle and high schools to once a week.
Diagnosing brain injuries can be a challenge even for doctors.
“It's very much an individual thing, because there is so much uncertainty,” family physician Dr. Michael Ready said. “Adults can take that risk, but we can't put our children at risk"
Belton High School’s Coach Rodney Southern said his players don't always tell the coaches if they're hurt and will continue playing after a big hit on the field, putting them in danger of more serious injuries.
“It can even prove to be fatal with the second hit syndrome," Dr. Ready said.
If Rep. Lucio’s bill passes, coaches across the Lone Star State will have to make adjustments.
"You just have to adapt your preparation in terms of films and meetings and teaching your kids what they need to know without doing it physically,” Dr. Ready said.
Most high school and middle school teams currently have two full contact practices a week.
Coach Southern also said many schools currently have strict protocols to examine athletes after big hits.