Study finds most parents want age restrictions on tackle football
Researchers surveyed 1,025 parents of children ages 5 to 18 years. Here are some of the key findings, as reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- 61% supported age restrictions for tackling; an additional 24% said they “maybe” would support such restrictions.
- 45% said the age limit should be middle school; 37% said high school.
- Nearly 63% of mothers definitively supported restrictions compared to 58% of fathers.
A major catalyst for a ban is the greater attention paid to concussions and, according to the study, roughly half of all football injuries are related to tackling.
From the AAP:
Authors of the new study called for the AAP to take another look at the risks versus benefits and update its guidelines.
“US parents are willing to accept age limits on tackling in youth football,” they wrote. “Organizations that are responsible for shaping public discourse about this topic (such as the American Academy of Pediatrics) may find it useful to consider US parents’ attitudes regarding age limits on tackling, alongside research quantifying the risk of tackling, when they revisit this topic.”
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