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Keeping football players safe

Rochester, N.Y. - It's the same Friday night tradition, but with a new eye on safety for players.

Twenty percent of all high school players will suffer a head injury sometime in their career.

This season began with a reminder from the State Attorney General that helmets are not concussion proof. And that parents, coaches and players need to make safety a priority.

New York States Concussion Management and Awareness Act went into effect July 2012.

It's a safety factor so our parents know, not only is there a law but there's also a safety factor with concussions, said Aquinas High School Athletic Trainer Ryan Arnold of the University of Rochester.

Parents are required to fill out paperwork before their child even practices.

At Aquinas coaches take extra precautions to keep their players healthy, said Arnold.

They do it [practice] safely and doing things to make sure our kids aren't getting in positions to end up with head injuries, said Arnold.

According to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, NYSPHSAA, 10% of high school football players will have a head injury each year and 20% of all football players will have one sometime in their career.

Parents of football players are grateful the state is stepping in and working with the schools to keep their kids safe.

Being such a contact sport it's a huge concern the more that they can do to protect these guys the better, said Caroline Miller whose son is an offensive lineman at Aquinas.

Part of the state law requires any athlete with a concussion is to sit out for at least 24-hours and can only return when they have written permission from a doctor.

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Washington Times