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Youth Football Eyeing New Rules to Reduce Brain Injuries

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

Calilfornia accident attorney, California injury lawyerIn recent years, professional football has come under fire for causing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease. The repeated blows football players experience to their brains is thought to cause this serious, debilitating condition.

Youth Football and Brain Injuries

Brain injury is not unique to professional football players. In fact, it is likely a more serious problem in youth and high school football players whose brains have not fully developed. Experts say that the younger a child begins to play contact football, the more severe the brain injuries will be.

One study found that 24 high school football players have died in recent years due to brain and spinal cord injuries. The deaths were most common in those who played the positions of linebacker and running backs.

For this reason, youth football leagues have proposed rule changes to make the sport safer.

New Rule Proposals

USA Football, a youth football industry group, has drafted a new set of rules for younger football leagues. It seeks to create less contact and put more focus on well-rounded athleticism.

These rules will be tested in the fall by a few programs, with the hope that the rules will be adopted by more youth leagues in future seasons. The proposal includes:

  • Reducing the size of the playing field from 100 yards to 40 yards;
  • Reducing the number of players on the field. Eleven players is currently the standard, and USA Football proposes seven players;
  • Eliminating special teams, which often cause harder hits;
  • Prohibiting the “three-point stance” that gives players a more powerful position to tackle off the line;
  • Requiring playing to rotate positions; and
  • Matching up players of equal size.

Contact a San Jose, CA Brain Injury Attorney

Because of the new information about brain injuries and football and because of the new protective measures available, football programs have a responsibility to players to keep the game as safe as possible.

In fact, a lawsuit has been recently filed against a youth league for not properly handling the risk of head injuries. The lawsuit also seeks for football helmets to come with a warning about the potential for brain injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a lack of regulations or safety practices, you should contact an attorney. Brain injuries are serious, and you should not have pay for treatment if the injury was not your fault. Call the skilled San Jose brain injury lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500 to set up your initial consultation today.

 

Sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brain-injury-deaths-high-school-football-players-rising/

https://cdn-s3.si.com/s3fs-public/download/archie_and_cornell_v_pop_warner.pdf

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/01/512835175/big-rule-changes-could-make-youth-football-games-a-whole-lot-smaller

http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/09/01/pop-warner-youth-football-lawsuit-concussions-cte

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