American Academy of Pediatrics Weighs in on New Football Safety Guidelines

Football is one of the nation’s most popular sports – but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Every year, teens and young adults who clash on the gridiron land in local hospitals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other serious injuries.

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new youth football safety guidelines. The academy’s recommendations include:

*Zero-tolerance policies for illegal hits that lead with the head,
*Keeping at least one athletic trainer on the sidelines at every game,
*Offering touch or flag football games as an alternative to tackle football.

The guidelines are based on research into the relationship between tackling and serious football injuries. Researchers found that when a football game involves tackling, head and neck injuries are more common and more severe than leg and back injuries. The study found dangerous injuries are far more likely to happen when illegal tackling moves, such as head-to-head hits or “spearing,” are used.

Although the rate of deaths among high school football players has dropped in the past fifty years, these deaths still happen. This year, those who have lost their lives to a football-related injury include Andre Smith of Illinois, Cam’ron Smith of Texas, and New Jersey’s own Evan Murray, who died from lacerations to the spleen he suffered during a football game. College and pro deaths related to football injuries are also well-documented in recent years.

Experienced New Jersey catastrophic injury lawyers know how dangerous these types of injuries can be. That’s why we’re dedicated to promoting safer sports for our local teams