Study: Young Football Players At Risk Of Concussions

For the first time, researchers looked at head impacts of football players in the first and second grade, and found troubling results: These young children experience hits hard enough to cause a concussion.

Researchers at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech outfitted seven youth football players with helmets designed to measure the impact of a direct hit.

They found each player recorded over one hundred hits during the season, ranging from something you'd experience in a pillow fight, to a hit similar in force to those seen in college athletes.

Most of the hard hits occurred during practice, which experts say is encouraging because practice plans can be changed.


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  • by ace Location: j ville on Feb 25, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    Why do kids start playing contact sports so young? If parents put as much emphasis on grades as they do on sports then the school rankings would not be so low. News paper devote pages to sports but nothing is done concerning grades except a few lines when the system fails.
  • by 44mag. on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    Are we a "nation of whimps","losers","mommas boys"!!!...Lets be like the United States Marine Corp...Tough&Proud...Put the pads on & "Hit Them"...
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:40 AM
    Kids these days are being brought up to be wimps. Parents rush them to the doctor for every little sniffle, bump, or bruise. Their bodies never learn to heal on it's own. It only knows how to take a pill.
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      by Believer on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM in reply to DIXIECHICK
      I don't think they were referring to little sniffles, bumps and bruises. They were referring to concusions. These can be very serious and require medical attention.
  • by Anymouse Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:16 AM
    If this is factual, then letting young kids play football is child abuse and should be stopped. If a parent hit or shook a young child and caused a concusion, they would be arrested for child abuse. I don't see any difference here...PROTECT THE CHILDREN---STOP CHILD ABUSE.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:23 AM in reply to Anymouse
      You are ignorant. I bet your kids sit in the house and play video games all day.
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        by I Know, Right? on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to
        Where do you draw the line? Where is "play" too rough, too risky? Riding a motorcycle is dangerous...but do you see motorcycles with child seats for infants?
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