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New law requires tackle football programs to provide concussion information

September 03, 2019 11:27 PM

New York State - They're considered America's greatest pastimes. 

Sports like football, baseball, basketball and soccer have had the attention and love of our nation for decades.

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"We're in Albany, football can't get much better than that," Jeff Undercuffler, Great Danes quarterback said.

Institutions like the NCAA have created safety protocols to keep athletes protected from injuries like concussions.

Coach Greg Gattuso said, "I think that by far this is the safest moment in football history, from my perspective of the old days versus today."

The University at Albany's Great Danes football team are coached using preventative training methods and are better protected because of new helmet technology.

"We can teach proper tackling technique, we can do head and neck strengthening and that sort of stuff, limiting tackle sessions contact sessions," Jay Geiger said, Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Director.

"When I take a hit and it is on my head, it doesn't hurt as much or doesn't hurt at all," linebacker, Eli Mencer said.

According to Health Research Funding, concussion rates more than doubled among students 8-19 years old, despite youth participation being lower.

Tuesday, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that tackle football programs must provide informational packets on concussions in a free downloadable form, on their website.

"I think parents are concerned they're getting information out there and they are concerned for their children and rightfully so," Geiger added.

And according to Health Research Funding, high school athletes suffer 2 million injures, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.

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Karen Tararache

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