In response to the growing concerns over head injuries in youth sports, the nation's largest youth football organization, Pop Warner, is implementing new rules aimed at limiting collisions during practices that could lead to concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries.
The new rules, effective for the 2012 season, are as follows:
Currently, Pop Warner limits practice to two hours a day, three days a week during the regular season. Additionally, in an effort to promote safe blocking and tackling techniques, they prohibit butt blocking, chop blocking, face tackling, and spearing techniques.
Pop Warner will introduce a new section on their website with information about current issues in concussion awareness and other health and safety matters.
Recent studies have found that young athletes are much more prone to long-lasting and permanent complications from concussions than college or professional athletes, because their brains are not fully developed. Pennsylvania recently took steps to improve concussion awareness and management for young athletes by passing a youth sports concussion safety law.
If you are or a loved one is suffering from an accident-related concussion or traumatic brain injury, we may be able to help. At Edgar Snyder & Associates we understand the difficulties and hardships you may face and have the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us toll-free at 1-866-943-3427, or get a free legal consultation online by filling out the form at the top right of this page. You can also use our easy and convenient "click-to-call" service.