Is playing tackle football worth risking damage to youngsters’ brains?
It’s August and the little guys with big dreams have already reported for drills, but it isn’t too late to ask: Why are young children playing tackle football?
Earlier this week, a Concussion Summit was held at Virginia Tech for about 100 youth, rec and high school football coaches to hear the latest information gathered on concussions, helmets and ways to protect players. During the last few years, information has begun to emerge about just how dangerous it is to take hard knocks to the noggin even if consciousness is not lost. NFL players whose bells are rung are required now to sit out not only the next play, but the game and the next one unless an independent neurologist clears them. Colleges and high schools, too, have adopted protective rules and are getting better at spotting problems.