Westchester Youth Football Officials Outline Concussion Prevention Steps
A recently-published book, "League of Denial," and a subsequent PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League and its epidemic of concussions over the decades, have prompted new concerns about the safety of the game and recommendations for concussion prevention in football even at the youth football and scholastic levels.
According to Northern Westchester Hospital pediatrician Dr. Elliot Barsh, the damage NFL players suffered most likely began much earlier when they were youngsters playing in youth and school sports programs.
"We take a conservative active approach and advise that young people not play [full contact football] until the age of 14 when they have developed more and can better handle the impact," Barsh said.
Barsh, who joined NWH colleague Dr. Louis Corsaro in a discussion of the new state guidelines last fall, said no helmet or other equipment can prevent a concussion, but suggests that most of the repetitive hits to the head occur in week-long practices and not just on game day. The doctor believes that limiting practices to less contact would help prevent frequent concussions.
To learn more about concussion prevention in football and how you can protect your child, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barsh by calling 914.241.1050.
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