A new study shows youth football players are diagnosed with fewer concussions than other injuries.
The results, obtained by The Associated Press, show 4.3 percent of players from ages 5 to 14 had concussions and that 90 percent of youth players reported no injuries.
Thirty-four percent of the more than 4,000 youth players surveyed over the last two years, complained of bruises, the most common injury. Ligament sprains came in second at 16 percent.
"The health of the millions of children who love to play football and gain its fitness and social benefits is our top priority," USA Football executive director Scott Hallenbeck said.
"This new information enables us to advance player safety and strengthen standards such as those in our Heads Up Football program that today are put into practice by youth and high school programs in all 50 states."
The Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization sanctioned the two-year study to monitor injuries in youth leagues in six states from 2012 through 2013.
What it found was that the injury risk was lowest among the youngest players and steadily increased with age.
The Datalys Center, which conducted the research, said it found no children between ages 5 and 7 sustained concussions.
USA Football, which promotes the Head Up program to help reduce concussions, has said the purpose of the study was to compare the level of safety across age-only and age-weight playing standards. But the study showed no significant safety difference between those two leagues.
It also determined that the behavior of youth coaches can play a prominent role in preventing injuries.
"Based on this data, it is clear that coach behavior impacts player safety," said Dr. Thomas Dompier, president of the Datalys Center. "It is the position of the Datalys Center that coach and player education that includes proper tackling, limited contact drills and injury recognition, including concussion, should be mandatory in football and possibly other sports."
Other findings showed:
- That of the 22.4 percent of players who reported injuries, 70 percent returned to action the same day;
- of the 11.9 percent of players who missed a game or practice because of injury, 60 percent played again within seven days;
- players were more likely to sustain an injury during games than in practices; and that the study had no reports of catastrophic head, neck or heat-related injuries.
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Pop Warner COO Mary FitzGerald and Conover Tuttle Pace representatives Courtney Megliola and Alexandra Paparsenos pose with their PRWEEK AWARD plaque after Pop Warner was recognized for taking a lead in concussion safety by implementing its limited contact rules in 2012.
"Pop Warner is honored to be nominated for its leadership on the issue of participant safety. Throughout its 84-year history, providing a safe playing environment for our young athletes has always been a top priority," said Fitzgerald.
Pop Warner was nominated for the "Crisis or Issues Management Campaign of the Year" at the annual PRWeek Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in New York City.
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We’re very happy to announce our partnership with USA Football and its Heads Up Football program.
The goal for all of us is to ensure that all Pop Warner coaches are certified by USA Football to teach proper blocking and tackling techniques in a better and safer way.
There’s lots more information available through the Pop Warner website, www.popwarner.com, but here are the basic steps for your local Pop Warner Associations to register for Heads Up Football:
- Association President/Commissioner becomes a free member of USA Football.
- President/Commissioner completes a brief online application to register the organization with Heads Up Football℠.
- Within the application, each local Pop Warner association must nominate a Player Safety Coach (PSC)
- Within the application, the commissioner can set up a coaching membership promo code for coach certification.
- All Pop Warner coaches (head and assistants) must register for USA Football Coach Membership at $5 per coach using a league specific promo code.
- All Pop Warner coaches (head and assistants) must complete the USA Football Level 1 Coach Certification Course annually.
- New coaches take the full USA Football Level 1 Course and previously certified coaches take the Re-certification Quiz.
USA Football will have a representative at each of our eight Regional Meetings to discuss the process and answer any questions.
Pop Warner’s number one priority has always been the safety of our participants. Working with USA Football’s Heads Up Football program is the latest step in delivering a safer program to all
Roger Goodell and Jon Butler: The Way Forward to a Better, Safer Game
Starting on August 1, more than 275,000 enthusiastic young football players in Pop Warner leagues across the country will gather for their first practice of the season.
This weekend, the National Football League will kick off its preseason with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Many NFL players, coaches and executives have fond memories of first playing in a hometown Pop Warner league.
Pop Warner is a name synonymous with youth football. Dating back to 1929, Pop Warner embodies the values of football that have benefited many generations of young people. Players have learned life-long values of teamwork, discipline and perseverance in a Pop Warner league.
Over the years, the experience of learning to work together, to be part of something bigger than themselves, has led so many of these young athletes to achieve success on and off the field.
That's why we're launching a partnership between the NFL and Pop Warner to endorse USA Football's Heads Up Football program. More than 20,000 Pop Warner coaches will be trained to teach the latest techniques and make the game safer for hundreds of thousands of young players.
Heads Up Football, developed by USA Football with the support of the NFL in 2012, provides a better, safer way to teach and play the game. It makes the game safer by teaching players to keep their heads up and out of the line of contact, training and certifying coaches on the fundamentals of safety, appointing Player Safety Coaches for every youth league to enforce safety protocols, ensuring proper equipment fitting, and teaching coaches, parents and players how to recognize and treat a concussion under protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 200 Pop Warner leagues will adopt Heads Up Football immediately, and hundreds of additional leagues will follow suit in 2014. In the area of concussion awareness, Pop Warner has been a leader in youth sports by introducing a dedicated concussion rule, limiting contact in practice and banning head-to-head contact, and this partnership is a logical next step.
Today, we know a lot more about how to make the game safer, so that our kids can enjoy all the rewards of football, with less risk. We know that you tackle with your shoulder, not your head, to help prevent head injuries. And, we know that injured players get out of the game, instead of playing through it. Our challenge is to ensure that every league, no matter how big or small, knows these things too.
Heads Up Football is taking root in the culture of our game as the gold standard for better, safer play. With this program, and many other initiatives, we are collectively creating a new culture of safety at every level of the game. And we encourage coaches, trainers, parents and players to join us.
Football is America's most popular sport. Families all over the country are rooting for their teams – from Pop Warner to high school, college and professional football. As leaders in this sport, we share a responsibility to make the game safer. Every day, we put a premium on doing everything we can to improve safety.
USA Football's Heads Up Football is the way forward for this generation of young football players and those who will take the field on the first of August every year. The NFL and Pop Warner stand committed to strengthening youth football through a better, safer game.
Roger Goodell is commissioner of the National Football League. Jon Butler is executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars.