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Given recent studies about concussions, do you think pop warner football is still safe for children? How about pre-teens?

I'm not as concerned about younger children since they can't hit as hard, but as boys get older should parents be concerned about concussions and future damage?
In Topics: Cognitive development, Physical Health, Sports and athletics
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Nov 26, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

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
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