New football rules in place - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

New football rules in place

Posted: Updated:
Athletic Trainer Brian Davis Athletic Trainer Brian Davis
Long Snapper Chad Reynolds Long Snapper Chad Reynolds
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:10:10 GMT

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>
  • Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:05:12 GMT
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
  • Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:59:04 GMT
    Bradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-lawBradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-law
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

High school football players are getting ready for the upcoming season. Today was the first day they could practice in pads. Coaches and trainers are stressing new concussion rules to their players.

Coaches and trainers say they are strictly abiding by these rules because while winning is great, player safety is their number one priority.

Players at Lee County High School are excited to make big plays this season, but they know that those hits could come with a big price.

"Whether they are dizzy, headache, any types of symptoms of concussions they have to be taken out of the game and they have to be medically examined whether it is by an athletic trainer, certified athletic trainer or by a doctor," said Athletic Trainer Brian Davis.

New state rules force coaches to remove a player from a game immediately if a concussion is suspected.  The player must be medically-cleared before returning to action.  17 year old Chad Reynolds got a concussion once and doesn't want to experience it again.

 "I was really scared of it, my next time out I was really cautious of how I played," said Long Snapper Chad Reynolds.

Coaches and trainers urge their players to speak up if they experience any concussion symptoms.

"That's one of the things we are trying to prevent is later on in life occurrences for the kids, the second impact syndrome so they won't get hit and have another one while they are already having symptoms from the first one," Davis said.

Georgia Southern University is working to reduce concussion rates.  Its Helmet Impact Telemetry System uses sensors to measure the severity of a hit to the head. Its technology that trainers and coaches hope will come to the high school level.

 "With helmet technology and everything else hopefully they are decreasing concussions," Davis said.

 "They make sure we have the right equipment good quality equipment that is proven to lessen chances of concussions," Reynolds said.

Coaches and trainers say whether you're the star athlete or riding the bench, medical personnel should always be notified if you suffer any concussion symptoms.

Lee County coaches and players say they are excited to start the season injury free as they prepare for their upcoming scrimmage game August 23rd against Americus Sumter High School.  Most GISA schools play their first regular season games on August 23rd. Most GHSA schools kick off the following week.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.