The Future of Youth Football

I came across an article in the New York Times about USA Football experimenting with what they are calling 'Modified Tackle' football for youth.  Then again this morning, Nancy Armour wrote about it in the USA Today.  I think this is a great idea.  I have written extensively about youth football - Hustle & Attitude … Continue reading The Future of Youth Football

The End of the NFL?

I have written (kind of extensively, really) about the issue of head injuries related to football and the impact on youth sports.  The August 29 issue of Sports Illustrated ran an article by Austin Murphy called Endgame that theorizes about life without a National Football League (re-read that using your best Chris Berman NFL Sunday Countdown … Continue reading The End of the NFL?

Youth Football Participation Goes Up?!?!

Minus the sweet shirt and the high fade, this is how I looked when I read the article from the New York Times citing a survey showing that participation in youth football grew - and grew more than any other U.S. sport! Several of my previous posts have highlighted that player safety concerns might result in … Continue reading Youth Football Participation Goes Up?!?!

Football Head Injury Risk Enters Public Lexicon

Late last year, the movie Concussion dramatized the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE [if you haven't seen the movie yet; I recommend it].  The movie attempts to move the discussion from a football fan or football parent-driven one to a more general public discussion.  As a youth recreational sports advocate, this issue hits home as … Continue reading Football Head Injury Risk Enters Public Lexicon

The APA on Youth Tackle Football & “Hit Counts”

When I started this blog, I didn't think the majority of my posts would be about youth tackle football, but this is a vital topic of conversation in youth recreational sports.  My last post mentioned the National Association of Youth Sports.  Another organization I follow on Twitter is The Aspen Sports Institute (@AspenInstSports) because they … Continue reading The APA on Youth Tackle Football & “Hit Counts”

Should My Son Play Youth Tackle Football?

I love football. I know love is a strong word.  My wife tells my kids and I to think about that when for instance, one of my boys says he loves pizza; "we love each other", she says...we just really like other things like pizza and football. But, you know, I think I really do love … Continue reading Should My Son Play Youth Tackle Football?