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Football coach details Bozeman High's safety standards

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Football coach details Bozeman High's safety standards

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Football coach details Bozeman High's safety standards
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12451/7041607?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:09:12 +0000 Football coach details Bozeman High's safety standards Football coach details Bozeman High's safety standards http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12451/7041607?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KTVM for today high school football teams across montana took the field for their first practices of the season. we told you a few weeks ago about a study which found the majority of football players who died and had their brains tested had c-t-e... a debilitating brain injury. nbc montana's taylor graham spoke with the bozeman high football team today on their concussion protocol. orlinda,i went to find out the school changed their safety protocol this year because of that study. head coach levi wesche tells me bozeman high football already had a strong concussion protocol in place before the study was published. :30 - :34 1:22 - 1:27 nat: "hut! go!" c-t-e: chronic traumatic encephalothopy. caused by repeated head trauma, the degenerative disease has been found in hundreds of football player's brains. it can lead to memory loss, aggression, depression, and sometimes suicidal behavior. "i've been playing football as long as i can remember i guess" jack tetrault is a senior at bozeman high. he plays running back. he tells me he loves football... despite the research that shows it can be damaging to player's brains. nat: "go! " the bozeman hawks' concussion protocol and helmet safety standards play a big part in tetrault's stance. "i think a lot of the concussion protocol has gotten a lot more strict." if a player for the hawks has concussion symptoms, they must sit out for at least 7 days with no activity until they're symptom-free. then, they're able to gradually increase activity over the course of three days before returning to the field. it's a policy the national federation of high school associations mandated for teams nationwide. and when it comes to helmets... "i don't think us as a program have a problem with anything like that." head coach levi wesche agrees. he tells me the oldest helmet the hawks have is six years old. once it hits that mark, the team replaces the helmet. nat: player strapping on helmet this is in accordance with nocsae standards. the national operating committee on standards for equipment regulates teams must replace helmets every ten years. "it's more important that they live a great life beyond here than playing one game or one season." wesche says the team reconditions the helmets every one to two years, which is also standard. he tells me these rules have been in place at bozeman high for the past 5 years... nat: "set! feet!" and the latest research on c-t-e hasn't changed the team's safety standards. "we're always worried about our players though, like to me, that hasn't changed anything. we want our players staying healthy." vo: "it's more important that they live a great life beyond here than playing one game or one season." to find out the age of a helmut... take a look at the back. there's a stamp on every one. it has the date of when it was last reconditioned... this helmet was reconditioned in . meaning it's safe to use for another years. live from bozeman, taylor graham, nbc montana. still ahead tonight... a fun outdoor toy is on the recall list




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