New York considering ban on youth tackle football

New York is considering a ban on tackle football for kids under 12 years old in hopes of avoiding concussions and other brain injuries.

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2019, 9:16 PM

Updated 1,670 days ago

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New York is considering a ban on tackle football for kids under 12 years old in hopes of avoiding concussions and other brain injuries.
A recent study from the Boston University School of Medicine found that the more years children play youth football, the more likely they are to suffer from a degenerative brain disease. 
One of the prominent topics across all of football has been CTE, a disease people can develop over time playing sports and sustaining multiple head injuries. Dr. Matthew Projansky, with Northwell Health, says CTE can cause a decrease in IQ, depression, dementia and Parkinson's-like symptoms. 
Oceanside High School football coach Rob Blount is among those against the ban. He says safety regulations in sports have changed drastically in recent years.
"We try to limit contact as much as possible. They're not receiving the high volume of hits that they once received when we used to play in high and college 10 to 20 years ago," says Blount.
Sarah Bogaty, of Plainview, says football is a sport her sons will never play.
"They've never even asked to play tackle, but no, it's just not something I would consider at all," says Bogaty.
In the meantime, Blount says the parenting around football should be left to the parents, not the government.
"How about we give the parents the opportunity to make their decisions," says Blount. "If you're someone who doesn't support contact football, don't have your child play."
The Boston University study found that a player’s risk for developing CTE increased by 30% for each year they played.


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