Proposal in New Jersey aims to limit concussions, contact injuries for high school athletes

Young athletes in New Jersey may soon benefit from a new proposal aimed at drastically reducing concussions and other contact injuries in high school football before and during the season.

The proposal was passed Wednesday, Feb. 13, by the executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), according to a recent report from The Associated Press. Its restrictions include reducing full contact during the season from 90 minutes per week to 15 minutes per week and limiting full contact during the preseason to six hours total, including scrimmages.  

The new regulations were first proposed in July by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association and Practice Like Pros, a national movement to reduce injuries in high school football.  

The restrictions won’t take effect until a second reading of the proposal occurs in April and the executive committee votes again. The vote on Wednesday was unanimous, according to the article.  

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