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Should Kids Be Allowed to Play Tackle Football?

young boy in football gearMany parents look to sports and extracurricular activities to help their children grow physically, mentally, and developmentally. There are plenty of options out there, but many look to football for the team setting and more.

However, at such a young age, should kids be allowed to play tackle football?

Of course, the decision is always up to the parents on what they feel is best for their children, but there are significant dangers associated with the choice to allow children to play football at a young age. Here are some of the things you should consider.

Children’s Brains Are Not Fully Developed

In most cases, the human brain continues to develop into the early to mid-20s. If children play tackle football at a young age, they run the risk of suffering serious harm to their brains at an early age, halting development and causing potential issues.

Technique Isn’t Always Taught at a Young Age

For many individuals who are at risk of concussions in sports, there is some knowledge about technique that can help them avoid more serious problems. In tackle football, this means understanding how to keep significant impact from your head and neck area.

When youth football players are not taught properly, they can collide with other players using their heads. This impact is enough to cause your child’s brain to rattle in their skull, potentially causing a significant concussion. It could be the first of many, creating serious harm for the child.

For children, there isn’t much they know about the potential risks of the sport and how harmful it could be to their brains. As such, it’s up to parents and coaches to explain the entire sport—benefits and risks—before making a decision.

Many of those who suffer concussions in college football have been playing for years prior to their collegiate career. As such, they have probably taken a number of hits to their heads. If you’re suffering from the side effects of multiple concussions, you need to speak with our sports injury lawyers at Shrader & Associates to understand your rights.

To discuss your potential rights, contact us at (877) 958-7920 today.


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