(WTVM) - We have reason to cheer because football season has begun!
The game brings us together and it builds character, but it can also be dangerous. Just last month, an Atlanta teenager died during a high school football practice.
And the NFL has agreed to settle pro-players concussion lawsuits for almost $800 million.
The concern about hits to the head and concussions – especially for teenagers who take longer to recover – is something to take seriously.
Like Alabama, Georgia lawmakers recently passed a new law requiring coaches to immediately remove players from the field to be medically examined if they show any symptoms of a concussion, like dizziness and headache.
In the last few weeks, the Muscogee County School Board passed a policy that coaches must go through required training and parents have to sign off on concussion literature before allowing their children to even play contact sports.
We applaud these changes to protect young athletes!
It's so important for moms and dads and coaches to be aware of the warning signs and know what questions to ask, so we encourage you to do your own research on concussions.
Football is a violent sport, but that doesn't mean we need to avoid it or keep our kids from playing.
We should do as much as we can on and off the field to make sure student athletes avoid major injuries… and nothing is more devastating than head and brain injuries.
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