Health + Behavior

Football stars will screen techniques for high school players that satisfy proposed law to reduce youth concussions

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Patrick Larimore
UCLA

Former UCLA football player Patrick Larimore

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon and Patrick Larimore, a former UCLA football team captain whose college career was derailed by repeated head injuries, will screen videos demonstrating football techniques that would satisfy California legislation aimed at preventing concussions during high school football practice.

Between 60 and 75 percent of head trauma in high school football is suffered during practice, not during games. The video demonstrations will highlight the non-contact and limited-contact techniques that have made NFL and college football practice safer than high school practice.

Introduced by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Assembly Bill 2127 would limit high-impact contact in California high school football practice to three hours per week, within the already-approved guideline of 18 total hours of practice per week. The bill has passed the State Assembly and Senate and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. If it is approved, California would become the 16th state in the past 16 months to restrict high school practice-field contact.

Cosponsored by Practice Like Pros, the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and Cooley's office, the briefing will precede a panel and football clinic geared toward parents, board of education members, principals, athletic directors, coaches, team doctors, athletic trainers and officials of the California Interscholastic Federation, the state's governing body for high school athletics.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 8
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Media briefing
12:30–2 p.m.: Public event; journalists are welcome to attend.

WHERE:
Palisades Ballroom in UCLA's Carnesale Commons (map)

R.S.V.P.:
To reserve parking for oversized TV trucks, R.S.V.P. by July 7 to UCLA media contacts.
Passenger vehicles should park in the Sunset Village garage, 200 De Neve Drive (map).
Seating for the public event at 12:30 p.m. is limited. Members of the public must R.S.V.P. online at Cooley's website.

WHO:
The event will feature the following participants:

Warren Moon, nine-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee after 23 years as a professional quarterback

Patrick Larimore, UCLA football defensive MVP and 2011 team captain

Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Terry O'Neil, founder/CEO of Practice Like Pros, a group seeking to reduce the number of concussions among high school athletes; Emmy Award-winning former executive producer of CBS Sports and NBC Sports; former senior vice president of the New Orleans Saints

In addition, the panel and football clinic will feature:

California Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova)

Roger Blake, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation

Stanford football coach David Shaw, Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (all via video)

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Office of Assemblyman Cooley: Jillena Hernández, 916-281-4832, jillena.hernandez@asm.ca.gov                       
UCLA: Roxanne Moster, 310-794-2264, rmoster@mednet.ucla.edu; and Amy Albin, 310-794-8672, aalbin@mednet.ucla.edu

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