UIL in Texas Takes Action on Student Wellness

This past Tuesday in Austin, “The University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) Legislative Council…passed three measures recommended by the UIL Medical Advisory Committee related to student health and safety.”

Cheerleaders are now required to “to comply with Chapter 38 subchapter D of the Texas Education Code as it pertains to prevention, treatment and oversight of concussions. Coaches and sponsors for cheerleading will be required to undergo specific training about safety guidelines for cheer as well as other programs that have the goal of minimizing the risks associated with the activity.”

Football practices will be limited in terms of contact as ‘The UIL’ will formulate a formal policy stating that “full-contact practice will be limited to 90 minutes per athlete per week during the regular and post season.”

The UIL’s agenda also included “a new acknowledgement form with information and resources related to sudden cardiac arrest. The sudden cardiac arrest awareness form will require a signature from a parent or guardian of each student-athlete prior to participation in a UIL event.”

If these measures are “approved by the Commissioner of Education, these rules will take effect on August 1, 2013.”

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