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.”