Youth tackle football ban proposed in bill

Proposal Would Ban Youth Tackle Football in IL To Reduce Brain Injuries

Proposal Would Ban Youth Tackle Football in IL To Reduce Brain Injuries

A new plan in IL aims to end youth tackle football programs, and it bears the name of Dave Duerson, a 1985 Chicago Bear who killed himself.

"Thanks to increased attention and research on brain trauma, we know that part of the solution is to guard young children's developing brains from the risks of tackle football", Duerson's son Tregg Duerson said in a statement. "... This bill is a natural progression given the data and the science and we can protect children's brains and we can protect football".

Peewee football leagues in IL could be playing an entirely different game if legislatures in the state get their wish.

Duerson shot himself in the chest so his brain could be studied for signs of the disease that has been linked to concussions. "Study after study is showing that starting tackle football before twelve leads to greater neurological impairment later in life", said Dr. Chris Nowinski from the Concussion Legacy Foundation. They also expressed that the game of football imparts valuable, unique life lessons. It was later found that Duerson suffered from CTE.

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The Chicago Tribune reports that a group that includes former National Football League players and physicians is set to announce the Dave Duerson Act, which will be introduced by state Rep. Carol Sente.

"Given what we know today and if I had to do it over again, certainly I would have not done something that would have put me in harm's way", said Adamle.

"There are a lot of individuals who have this issue and with more research being done hopefully we can combat this", Wilson said. Children under 12 would still be able to participate in all other athletic activities offered by organized youth sports programs.

He said he saw no evidence that CTE should be a worry for such children and vowed to oppose Sente's bill even though he has worked with her to reduce head injuries at the high school level. I can't help but think that the accumulation of hits would have been reduced had he at least if he had been precluded from playing in those early years. The more people are educated, the better the sport evolves.

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