Report: NFL head injuries have led to drastic youth football participation decline

Feb 14, 2014

(USA Today Sports Images)

(USA Today Sports Images)

 

 

 (view the helmet to helmet hit by these two very young football players in the video)!

 

 

Wake up NFL and provide restitution for “concealing” the dangers of  head injuries. No more illusionary benefits or programs, studies, NFL Dr. “NO” Ira Casson or Elliot Pellman – a Long Island rheumatologist with no previous expertise in brain research.  

 

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    Nov 14, 2013 – From Yahoo Sports: Many NFL observers believed it was only a matter of time before parents curtailed their children’s participation in youth …

     

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    Opinion: When the 2013 numbers become available there will be at least a 20 % (percent) drop in youth football.

     

     

     

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. John Hogan
    February 14th, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    For a number of years the NFL has wanted to expand outside of the U.S. Games in Canada, Mexico, and next year four in the U.K. Originally, they wanted to have more consumers for their games and licensed merchandise. Now, I think that they are looking for places to find future players.

  2. George Visger
    February 15th, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    My “concussion career” began in my 3rd year of Pop Warner at age 13. I knocked myself out in a senseless Bull-in-the-Ring drill and was hospitalized. Just a gladiator drill for the coaches amusement.

    Now on brain surgery # 9.

    Glad to see enrollment declining. Young brains shouldn’t be subjected to collisions. Nor should adult brains for that matter.

    George Visger
    SF 80 & 81

  3. Dave Pear
    February 16th, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

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  4. Tom Dinkel
    February 17th, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I think that after watching the video of the two young boys going 1 on 1 and seeing the impact of the hit, it is about time we as former NFL players start to make public statements as to the impact that football can have on the lives of both the young and old. There has to be some factual research that shows a “safe” age as to when a youth should be able to start playing contact football. (if there is one at all)

    My son played both youth football and HS football until the age of 16. He started playing contact football in the 6th grade. There wasn’t a day that went by when I wasn’t fearful of him being hit and being paralyzed. The thought of head trauma never entered my mind. Unfortunately, after his sophomore year in HS, he was diagnosed with a “Ewing’s Sarcoma” cancer that was found in the lower base of his skull. When the neurosurgeon told him that they would have to operate to remove the tumor from inside his skull, but he would never be able to play football again, I was both terrified about the cancer that was found, but quietly relieved that he would not be able to play contact football again. He is now 6 years cancer free and living a healthy life. With the tumor being found in his skull, was it head trauma that caused the tumor to grow in his skull? No doctor has ever told me no! I continue to research the issue.

    Anyway, how much more proof do we need to show that head trauma can caused CTE? I really don’t think we need to sit around and wait for the NFL to acknowledge it. Do we turn our backs and do nothing while more and more kids needlessly die in grade school, high school, college and the NFL? What percentage of those that die, do we continue to tolerate and say that it is just part of the game?

    Tom Dinkel
    Bengals 1978-’83,’85