Essential Pittsburgh
4:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Banning Contact Sports for Young Players

Bob Dvorchak is sports writer emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Credit Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

Robert Morris University recently reported that nearly half of all Americans say they would favor a ban on contact football for kids that have not yet entered middle school.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer emeritus, Bob Dvorchak said on Essential Pittsburgh, “I think it speaks to the heightened awareness of head injuries on all levels of sports and especially youth sports.”

He says it all depends on the approach a league takes to the game of football. “I’ve seen some leagues out there with the best equipment and they’re playing a high level of football at the age of eight.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer emeritus, Bob Dvorchak said on Essential Pittsburgh, “I think it speaks to the heightened awareness of head injuries on all levels of sports and especially youth sports.”

While research into the long-term effects of head injuries is ongoing, professional athletes have been vocal about the potential damage of contact sports for young kids, and pop warner league numbers continue to decline.