State Legislation Would Ban Older Football Helmets

AUSTIN (AP) – Public school districts wouldn’t be allowed to use older football helmets under legislation passed by the Texas Legislature.

The Texas Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill that bans schools from using helmets 16 years old or older. It also requires 10-year-old helmets to be reconditioned every two years.

Lawmakers have been paying increasing attention to head injuries sustained by student athletes in recent years. Supporters want to ensure that helmets are in adequate condition as they are the first line of defense against concussions and other head injuries.

Districts would have to document when a helmet was purchased and anytime it is reconditioned.

The bill has been approved in the Texas House and is headed to Gov. Rick Perry, who can sign it into law.

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One Comment

  1. t says:

    Texas High Schools. The good news is the Governor says you don’t have to use those old football helmets any longer. The bad news is you are required to buy new ones, at the same time the Governor just took all your money…….what a country! Another unfunded mandate to add to the list.

  2. davidwr says:

    If they allow adjustments for helmets that get very little or no playing time in a season this makes sense. I would add a thorough inspection requirement every year and a simple-checklist inspection before the first time it is used on any given day.

    Older, rarely-used helmets should only be tossed when the age of the helmet itself causes breakdown or when the design of the helmet no longer reflects current safety standards.

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