Youth football leagues have drafted a new set of rules for players in younger age groups to reduce head trauma and brain injuries. Rules will focus on well-rounded athleticism and put less emphasis on physical contact between players. If you or a family member was seriously injured in a sports game, contact a Las Vegas injury attorney at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.
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Youth Football and Brain Injuries
Over the last decade, professional football has come under fire for causing severe head and brain injuries. Repeated blows to the head on the football field have been linked to a serious condition known as brain chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease with debilitating, long-term effects. When examined by a neuropathologist, 110 out of 111 NFL players were found to have chronic CTE with typical symptoms of memory loss, mental confusion, severe depression, and dementia. Unfortunately, since symptoms mimic many diseases, and CTE can only be scientifically diagnosed after death, many football players don’t realize they have developed the degenerative disease.
Although CTE has been widely publicized within the professional football industry, it isn’t unique to professional players. In fact, it’s a more serious problem for younger players under the age of 18. Youth football players between the ages of 10 and 18 are at a much higher risk of injury from CTE, since their brains are not fully developed. Experts warn that children who play contact football at a young age are twice as likely to experience severe brain injuries. It’s not uncommon for a Las Vegas accident attorney to see middle school and high school players with severe concussions and head injuries. A recent study revealed that 24 high school football players have died in recent years due to brain and spinal cord injuries. Fatal injuries were most common in players who played in running back and linebacker positions.
Proposed Rules for Youth Football
USA Football, a leading youth football industry group, has drafted a new set of rules for younger football leagues that will be tested in the fall by select schools around the country. If new rules show reduced accidents and injuries, more youth football leagues and schools will adopt the rules as standard practice. Proposed rules will include the following changes:
- Reduce the number of players on the field from eleven to seven
- Reduce the size of the playing field from 100 yards to 40 yards
- Require players to rotate positions
- Match up players of equal size and weight
- Eliminate powerful tackle positions like the “three-point stance”
- Eliminate special teams that practice harder hits
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to negligence, call an experienced Las Vegas accident attorney at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.