Excellent question. Recent studies from U Pittsburgh school of medicine and the sports medicine institute show that concussion damage may be cumulative over time. Youth sports needs to assure its players less head trauma which includes Pop Warner. Better coaching, helmets that fit, and training players not to use their heads and necks to batter the opponent. Kick offs are being examined for safety as well. So, yes, parents should be concerned and be active in the youth leagues to assure adequate coaching and training.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics