Tackle football can result in many neck and head injuries to players, which makes parents hesitate about letting their kids join a youth league. One way parents are dealing with this risk is encouraging their kids to join flag football teams instead. However, Rutgers’ Gregg Heinzmann says that safety is more about the attitudes of the adults in charge.
When asked how all youth sports can be made safer generally, Heinzmann replied that “There are several things: more knowledgeable coaches and parents, better equipment and fields, more research about the epidemiology of youth sports injuries – especially, how to prevent them – and, finally, a reappraisal of the nature and purpose of organized youth sports.”
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