Buckle the kids up, it’s the law

California Law| ​Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4′ 9″ in height must be secured by a safety belt in the back seat. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 12 years old, killing over 1,000 children each year.

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your passengers in a crash.  It is extremely important to make sure all children riding in your car be properly secured before every trip. Thousands of children are injured or killed every year because their child passenger safety seats are not installed properly. Remember, most collisions occur within a mile of the home – so buckle your child in a safety seat for every trip, no matter how short.  – California Highway Patrol

Effective January 1, 2017 – Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall.  The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat…

If you’re not confident of how to properly secure your child in a safety seat, contact your local CHP Area Office, and ask to speak with a child passenger safety technician. Click on this link to locate a local Area Office anywhere in California.

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STUDY: How will the hits absorbed by a 9-year-old today be felt at 30, or 50?

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“Tackle football is too dangerous for youngsters. Exposure to head trauma is too risky. What we know about football and the vulnerabilities of children’s brains leads me to this conclusion. More worrisome is what we don’t know. How will the hits absorbed by a 9-year-old today be felt at 30, or 50?”

This is the question reviewed during a recent study published in the medical journal Neurology about the cognitive performance of retired NFL players, based on how early they had started playing tackle football.

So what was this study, and how did it come about?

It’s part of a larger DETECT study at Boston University, researching CTE in NFL players. There are currently 74 players in that study, though not all were selected for this sub-study into the impact of age of onset of playing youth football.

“When we looked at the two groups, just dividing them [into those that played tackle football] before 12 and after 12, there was a significant difference in age,” Stamm said. “The ones that were older didn’t have as many opportunities to play the sport before age 12, because at the time, those opportunities just weren’t around. So, we felt it was better to use these age-matched pairs, rather than just trying to correct for age. That’s how we got to 42 players, 21 for each group.”

The assignment of players was random, trying to get as many matched pairs as possible with one former player from the under 12 and one from the 12 or over group. Those players had undergone cognitive testing and the results across the two groups of pairs were compared.

Read the full breakdown here.


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