An Illinois lawmaker wants to put limits on youth and school football practices so athletes could tackle just once a week.Concussions have become a big issue in football. More and more retired professional players are acknowledging emotional problems, dementia, and relatively young death, and they say it's because of years of rough hits. State Representative Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, wants to get at the problem where it begins: with youth football:
"We're seeing permanent - not just temporary - but permanent brain damage, and we want to control this. We owe it to young athletes."
She proposes limiting tackle practices to once a week. Sente says she based the idea on the National Football League's latest player contract, which limits teams to one full-contact practice a week during the regular season. In a statement, the director of the Illinois High School Association says he's not sure a new state law is the answer. Sente says her proposal is just a starting point. She's having meetings later this month in which she plans to hear from coaches, doctors and parents.
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