AUSTIN -- Senator Lucio passed House Bill 675,
which regulates the age and condition of high school football
helmets, Monday. The bill, authored by state Rep. Eddie Lucio in
the Texas House, is now headed to the governor.
"Helmets are the first line of defense when
protecting football players. We cannot afford to allow our children
to use protective equipment that is either old or broken," Senator
Lucio said. "The passage of HB 675 represents a victory for the
safety of our high school athletes."
Often, helmets used by high school athletes
get passed down to younger age levels after use by varsity teams.
Currently, there are no requirements for school districts to
maintain records regarding the age or condition of helmets.
HB 675 bans the use of helmets that are
sixteen years old or older and requires helmets older than ten
years to be reconditioned at least every two years. School
districts will also be required to keep documents proving the date
a helmet was purchased and anytime a helmet is reconditioned.
"As student athletes continue to become
faster, stronger and bigger, we must recognize the need for this
type of bill," said Representative Lucio. "This piece of
legislation is a simple, preventative measure in providing the
utmost protection for our rising football stars."
High school football is an enthralling aspect
of Texas life. However, it is also an inherently dangerous sport.
Studies have shown that head injuries, specifically concussions,
may lead to serious and permanent injuries. Since 2007, 21 former
NFL players have been diagnosed post-mortem with CTE, a progressive
degenerative disease caused by multiple concussions and other forms
of head injury.
"As a former coach, I know how hard students
work to represent their schools and communities through football -
their safety should be every lawmaker's priority," said Senator