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GHSAA Limits Contact in Football in Nod to Concussion Prevention

The Georgia High School Athletic Association’s executive committee has unanimously approved rules that will limit full contact on the football field to 45 minutes per day and 135 minutes per week in the spring and preseason.

The limits are even more restrictive during during the regular season and post-season, where teams may only participate in full contact for 30 minutes per day and 90 minutes per week. In addition, they cannot have full contact over three consecutive days.

Each school must also keep a detailed daily practice plan. GHSAA members that violate the rules will be fined the first time, and banned from postseason play if it happens again.

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Georgia Concussion Bill Stymied in House

Concussion policy in the public sports arena is one thing. How that policy applies to private sports leagues is not necessarily an apples-to-apples comparison. House Bill 673, sponsored by Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, was thought to be ready for passage, but last minute opposition by the private sector has relegated it to committee for further evaluation. At stake is the concern of an entity such as a church league being subject to liability because of its difficulty in effecting the same training regimen for its volunteer coaches that is required of public school paid coaches. The intent now is to modify the bill’s language so that it applies solely to public institutions.

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