WASHINGTON (WGNO)–A bipartisan group of lawmakers, two of whom are from Louisiana, are calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take a closer look at high school football.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced the High School Football Safety Study Act Thursday.
Richmond said in a press release that the bill would direct the CDC to look more closely at a string of deaths in high school football: Since July 1, eleven high school football players have passed away from causes directly or indirectly related to football. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, 1,207 high school football players have died from causes related to football.
“Our children are our greatest national treasure, and protecting them is paramount in our work in Congress,” Richmond said. “It is our responsibility to ensure that we leave no stone unturned to make the game as safe as possible for young people and prevent these tragedies from happening in the future.”