Concussion isn’t just the name of an upcoming movie, starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, it’s a hot topic on high school football practice fields.
Santa Barbara High School Dons limit contact or hit days to twice a week under California Interscholastic Federation guidelines.
Varsity coach JT Stone said they practice the right way to tackle on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and have fewer injuries on game day.
Coaches are also teaching a rugby-style way of tackling to avoid head injuries.
Varsity quarterback Brent Peus hopes to play at an Ivy League school next year.In the meantime, he appreciates new and improved equipment and training.
Peus said the helmet he got last season has more padding inside that acts like a shock absorbers. Peus said he has had a concussion and it’s not fun.
Athletic trainer Kayla Linane said players are given “Impact” tests online that are used as a baseline. If a player gets hurt, they take the test again to compare the cognitive results.