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Whiskey Bent April 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM
rob h, yes but my point is at this age they are not moving as fast as older kids and seriousRead Moreinjurie s are very rare. Soccer on the other hand, again at this age, causes more trauma to the head. Green, my point is concussions are extremely unlikely. I highly recommend football for kids.
rob April 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Whiskey, I have coached soccer (AYSO, Club and high school varsity) for 29 years and have doneRead Moremedic al on sidelines for football, again from under 15 to varsity. Many more concussions (mild plus) with football. Unlikely? Still happens
RL April 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM
Datalys Center concludes two-year youth football player safety study commissioned by USARead MoreFootball We d, 02/19/2014 - 12:20pm USA Football has released findings from a two-year study to advance player health and safety in organized youth tackle football. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, commissioned its Youth Football Player Safety Surveillance Study in February 2012 with Indianapolis-based Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. The independent scientific study monitored leagues in six states and is believed to be the first of its scope in youth football’s 80-plus year history. The study, which encompassed more than 4,000 players ages 5-14, documented player health and any sustained injuries during the course of the 2012 and 2013 seasons. USA Football anticipates commissioning ongoing research in future years for safer play and playing standards. Study findings include: Nearly 90 percent of youth players did not sustain an injury that resulted in missing a game or practice. Of the 22.4 percent of players who reported an injury, 70 percent returned to play the same day. Of the 11.9 percent of players who missed a game or practice because of injury, 60 percent returned to play within seven days. Bruises were the most common injuries (34 percent), followed by ligament sprains (16 percent). 4.3 percent of players in the study sustained a concussion. Players were more likely to sustain an injury during games than in practices. No catastrophic head, neck or heat-related injuries were reported among the more than 4,000 players during the study’s two-year span. Datalys found that leagues and individual teams within leagues were the strongest predictors of injury after controlling for factors such as age, player size, plays per game and playing standards. Researchers conclude that coach education could address changeable behaviors within teams and positively influence player safety. “Based on this data, it is clear that coach behavior impacts player safety,” Datalys Center President and Injury Epidemiologist DR. THOMAS DOMPIER said. “It is the position of the Datalys Center that coach and player education that includes proper tackling, limited contact drills and injury recognition, including concussion, should be mandatory in football and possibly other sports.” More than 25 percent of U.S. youth football organizations registered for USA Football’s Heads Up FootballSM program in 2013. Endorsed by experts in medicine, child advocacy and sport, Heads Up Football establishes standards rooted in education. The program encompasses USA Football’s nationally accredited coach certification course, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response, heat and hydration protocols, equipment fitting instruction and fundamentally sound tackling techniques. More at smpopwarner.com
Gus Gunderson April 10, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I look forward to the day that Allevato and others apologize also for their deeds
desertpatriot April 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Donna Fleming April 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Gus....Allevato is not going to apologize. He is not that kind of guy. He likes the power andRead Morecontro l.