Concussions in Youth Football

Concussions: Youth football begins prevention work

AP – Thu Sep 30th, 2010 5:25 PM EDT

DALLAS – Youth football leagues are responding to warnings about the dangers of hard hits by offering new videos, coaching exams and other lessons about preventing and recognizing concussions — even though organizers believe their level of the sport is as safe as football gets.

There are an estimated 3 million kids ages 6 to 14 playing tackle football in the United States and longtime league administrators say the majority of players aren’t big enough and don’t hit hard enough to cause serious damage.

“It’s really surprising how few (concussions) we’ve had,” said Carolyn Stewart, a coach, board member or commissioner for nearly 20 years in the Dallas-area Spring Valley Athletic Association’s football leagues. “I know of more from skateboards or falling off playground equipment.”

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  1. Very good article coach. I have seen players get to the end of the year and they need new inner pads in their helmets.

    Also, when teams come together, check out the other teams players gear to make sure they are in good condition.

    One thing that is very important is proper mouth pieces.


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