ALBANY — Football season is upon us, and a new law aims to lessen the frequency of concussions and other head injuries in youth football programs across New York.
A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday mandates that the state Health Department provide packets to all football programs educating kids on the dangers of concussions and other blows to the head.
All games, practices, or other activities organized by a school, league or other organization where kids engage in tackle football must post the informational packets online.
“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.”
The Health Department cites data that nearly 4,000 youth ages 19 and younger sustain sports-related traumatic injuries annually.
The number includes data from other contact sports as well, like rugby or hockey.
Some former NFL players have publicly announced their kids will never play the sport, naming fear of concussions as the culprit.
The law takes effect in three months.
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