Are Youth Football Groups Doing Enough to Protect Kids From Injury? – InsideSources

Interesting piece from Thayne Munce about youth football. 

He asserts that youth football is doing enough when it comes to safety.  He cites the NFL’s Heads Up program as evidence. 

I think he’s 1/3 right.  When it comes to making football safer; there arre three areas of focus:

  1. Training of players & coaches in safe technique
  2. Enforcement of rules against dangerous or unsafe technique
  3. Better, safer equipment

The Heads Up program addresses the first by emphasizing good tackling technique.  However, I think a critical evaluation of how youth football is doing with the other two is still in order.  At all levels, rules against ‘targeting, leading with the head, and hitting a defenseless player are being put in place.  These rules need to be strictly enforced such that the penalties – and proper coaching – change the way players play instinctively.  Finally, improvements in helmet technology and other padding can help. 

I appreciate Munce’s opinion about youth football.  A decent start; but more needs to be done.

Published by Chad Millette

I am a father, a husband, a retired Air Force officer, and a dedicated youth recreational sports advocate.

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