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Arizona Limits HS Football Practice Contact

August 28, 2013

la84_sl_082813_Arizona_Interscholastic_AssociationThe Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has begun enforcing regulations it passed last March limiting the amount of contact high school football players can have during practice.

From AZFamily.com:

The rule specifies that no more than half of football practice can be contact practice in the pre-season, and no more that one-third of practice time be contact during regular season.

The AIA also has been active in concussion education.

Again, from AZFamily.com:

It’s also now mandatory that student athletes in Arizona read the “Barrow Brainbook”, written by a Barrow Neurological Institute specialist here in Phoenix. The book helps young athletes understand concussions and the warning signs of a head injury.

So far, 180,000 student athletes in Arizona have undergone the course. Specialists will also be available by video to coaches and trainers on the field for any consulting in real-time. This will be a big asset for rural high schools in the state.

But it’s not just high school athletes they are targeting. Barrow Neurological Institute, the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Interscholastic Association created a video game for kids ages 8-12.

The game is not only entertaining, but teaches kids about the warning signs of a concussion.

The Fiesta Bowl funded the creation of the game, which is set to be available for iPhones and androids soon.

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