Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Brain Injury Attorney
Recent news reports about a Pop Warner football game in which five children suffered concussions have brought attention to a longstanding and under-appreciated problem in youth contact sports. In a game played on September 5, 2012, five boys aged 10 to 12 years old were so severely injured that they missed various amounts of school, despite substantial rule changes designed to prevent such injuries instituted only months before by the Pop Warner Football League. The league officers in attendance and the referees did not enforce the new protective rules; therefore, they received sanctions which included suspensions.
Football has attracted…