New concussion rules for high school football

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - New rules will be in effect this year to help protect high school football players from head trauma.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association has passed several new requirements for both coaches and players to both educate them about the dangers of head trauma and ways to protect them from injury.

Before practice begins next week, coaches are required to take an online course about concussions, teaching them what to do if a player shows symptoms of trauma.

If a player does suffer a concussion, a doctor -- not a coach, will make the final call when the player can return to the game.

The changes to Alabama's concussion rules follow changes made by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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