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New Law Requires Tackle Football Programs to Provide Concussion Information

football player getting tackledFor years, concussions have been a prominent injury throughout all sports. Football, in particular, stands in the national spotlight due to numerous lawsuits filed against the NCAA by former players who suffer from the effects of multiple concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

One situation that remains a constant problem is the miseducation of many student-athletes regarding the risks of playing. While it may seem like a common understanding, some people are unaware of the long-term effects of concussions and just how prominent they are.

In New York, a new law aims to change that. While safety protocols exist in the NCAA, there are new measures that rely on educating athletes. Now, new legislation will make it mandatory for tackle football programs to provide players and parents with informational packets on concussions.

What are the Benefits?

Many organizations focus on teaching proper tackling techniques and exercises to help strengthen a player’s head and neck. However, with the new informational packets, players and parents can make early decisions whether to play football or not.

More parents will be aware of the risks as most football players start at a younger age, at which time they often need parental consent. The information allows parents and their children to make informed decisions regarding their future in the sport.

While concussions are still a prominent force in collegiate sports and college football, this measure can help prevent individuals from getting into a situation where they know the risks. Now, players will have to make decisions after recognizing the potential dangers.

On the other hand, the proper authorities must monitor the delivery of this information from the program to the player. If the organization fails to provide a player with this information, what repercussions will they face in the event of a concussion?

Our sports concussion attorneys focus on the health and safety of players. At Shrader & Associates, we genuinely care about helping those in need and protecting the future of players who suffer multiple concussions. Let us help you recognize your rights.

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