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State Legislation Would Ban Older Football Helmets

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High school football players celebrate. (credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport/Getty Images)

High school football players celebrate. (credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport/Getty Images)

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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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