Steven Greenhut on California Controlling Football Practice


State Library of Florida

The nanny state strikes again. The California Assembly recently approved a bill designed to protect middle school and high school football players from head injuries by limiting the number of full-contact practices that teams can have each week. The bill is part of a nationwide public-health campaign designed to minimize a supposed rash of concussion-related injuries among student athletes. Steven Greenhut argues that by restricting players from practicing proper tackling, the state is actually putting them at greater risk.