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Published on Jun 15, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Pop Warner Implements New Safety Rules to Protect Young Football Players

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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:

  • Full speed head-on blocking or tackling drills in which the players line up more than three yards apart are prohibited. These drills may only occur when players approach each other at an angle.
  • The amount of contact during practice is not to exceed either 40 minutes total per practice or one third of total weekly practice time.

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.

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"Pop Warner changes practice rules for safety." CNN. June 13, 2012.
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