Youth Football : To Hit or Not to Hit?

By admin
September 6, 2014

So I have been humbled by 2 recent national news invitations to give my opinion on youth football hitting and concussion risk.

It’s a big deal when you consider that over 70% of all people playing football are under the age of 14. Some new studies looking at youth football suggest that practice may be just as risky as game play for sustaining head hits and that limiting contact practices may reduce the risk for head hits and injury.

What do you think about youth football and the risk for concussion? Should young kids be limited in how much “contact” they see while playing football? Can that help to decrease their risk for current and future head injury? Can we make football safer for our kids? Interesting questions with much more research needed to help us make the right decisions.

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