Northbrook Coach Responds To Head Injury Bill
Glenbrook North's head football coach, Bob Pieper, attended a public forum on Monday hosted by Rep. Carol Sente, voicing his concern over a bill the state representative proposed to limit tackling during football practices.
Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, may have reconsidered her thoughts on high school football practices after a forum Monday at Vernon Hills High School on football head injuries.
The state representative adjusted her proposed legislation to allow tackling during more than one practice per week, based on conversations she had with football experts and coaches, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Glenbrook North's head football coach, Bob Pieper, spoke at Monday's forum, saying, "this bill would put players at greater risk on Friday nights,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
Northbrook-based neurologist, Larry Robbins, collaborated with Sente on the bill.
According to the Daily Chronicle, Robbins discussed evidence that kids who start playing football before they're 10, could endure up to 4,000 blows to the head by the time they're 18.