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ROCKLIN (CBS13) — A new law in California limits full-contact football practices at middle- and high-schools around the state.

Many students CBS13 spoke to say they didn’t know about the new law, but believe it’s good for their health and it’s good for football.

“I didn’t even know we had a new law to be honest.” said Ian Higgins.

Players at Whitney High School in Rocklin say getting in shape to hit and be hit helps them get in touch with their football feelings.

But that physical aggression will soon be limited in California. In response to growing concerns about brain injuries, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2127 into law.

The law will restrict practices involving game-speed tackling at middle and high schools. Full contact is limited to just 90-minute sessions twice a week before and during the season. Those are prohibited during the offseason.

Also, students diagnosed with a concussion cannot return to the football field until cleared by a doctor.

“I think overall it’s probably a positive thing,” Coach Mike Gimenez said.

He’s already using modified tackling drills.

“You’re just working on form,” he said. You’re working on technique, and not taking the guy down.”

Daniel Jones took a knee to the head and a trip to the doctor revealed a concussion. He gives high-fives to the legislation.

“Although it might interrupt our practice schedule, I do believe we need to take precautions to make sure all athletes are healthy going into the games,” he said.

The new law will take effect on Jan. 1. The rules apply to public, charter and private schools.

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