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Pediatricians unveil game plan for safer youth football

In a new statement, AAP outlined a series of recommendations to improve children’s safety while participating in youth football leagues. These recommendations apply to younger, elementary school children and not to high school and college-age players.

“These new gridiron guidelines call for coaches to teach young athletes proper tackling techniques as well as ways to safely absorb tackles, and they call for officials and coaches to enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal, head-first hits.”

“Other recommendations include an expansion of non-tackling football, such as flag football leagues, for youngsters who are looking for a lower-risk option to play the game. In addition, they encourage the presence of athletic trainers on the sidelines to monitor players’ safety during games and practices and teach them neck-strengthening exercises, which may help prevent injuries.”

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