The National Football League last week announced the launch of its “Play Smart. Play Safe” program, a significant portion of which is devoted to improving the safety of youth football.
As part of the initiative, which aims to “drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of head injuries,” the NFL pledged to “commit resources to fund new studies that examine how age, size, cognitive development, and other elements should factor into youth athletics.” The league’s stated goal is “to equip parents with the best available information to make decisions about their children’s participation in football and other contact sports.”
Compared to 10 or even five years ago, there’s far more available research and information about head injuries and long-term brain damage connected with contact sports, but the state of knowledge is still relatively nascent. As author Joanne Gerstner
A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.