Less Touch Football: Pop Warner Limits Practice Contact for Youth Football Players (CHICAGO HEALTH MAGAZINE)

Hi Readers,

My first sports article delves into Pop Warner’s motives behind limiting practice contact for its youth football players.

‘“We’re proud to be the first football organization at any level to pass this kind of measure,” said Pop Warner Executive Director Jon Butler. “We think it’s important.”

Concussions at a young age can lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) later in life. This neurodegenerative disease has seen a recent spike in numbers among professional and college football players. Symptoms include mood changes, lack of impulse control, mental confusion and depression. In extreme cases, it has led to suicide; notably, the 2010 death of 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania linebacker Owen Thomas.’

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