Texas House approves bill to require high school helmets be kept in good condition

AUSTIN — High schools would have to ensure that older football helmets be kept in good condition to help prevent concussions, under a bill the House tentatively approved Tuesday.

The proposal by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, would require that after 10 years, helmets be reconditioned at least every two years and be retired completely after 16 years.

Lucio said that varsity teams often get the newest equipment, with older helmets being passed down to junior varsity and then junior high students.

“Our youngest who are just learning how to play the game are the most likely to be using the poorest equipment,” he said.

Up to 67,000 high school athletes suffer concussions nationwide every year. Most helmets are reconditioned every year or two to maintain manufacturer warranties, but the bill would instruct schools to ensure it be done for older helmets, too.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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