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New law gives parents more information on head injuries

Sep 04, 2019 12:00 pm
Bethany Bump is reporting for the Times Union Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo September 3, signed legislation that requires youth tackle football programs statewide to supply parents with information on concussions and other forms of head trauma common among players. The information can be distributed via paper packets, but it must also be available on the program's website as well. Any school, league or adult-run organization that organizes tackle football programs, practices, games or other activities for children must follow the new law. The measure will take effect in 90 days. The objective behind the bill is to reduce the incidence of head blows in young children whose brains are not fully developed and are less able to heal."The medical research on the long-term effects of concussions and sub-concussive hits continues to evolve and it is essential that we provide the parents of young athletes with the latest up-to-date information," Cuomo said. "Parents should have the facts when it comes to the well-being of their children and access to this information will help with decision-making and encourage best practices on the field." Legislation that would have banned tackle football for children under 12 in New York failed to pass during the recent legislative session. Read the full story in the Times Union.