Proposal to ban youth tackle football highlights risk of brain injury – to #NeverStop and #ConquerABI

Citing long-term health risk, an Illinois lawmaker has proposed a state ban on tackle football for children younger than 12 years old.

llinois State Rep. Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, says science shows that “the risks of playing football before turning 12 just aren’t worth it.”

“We now know with certainty that part of the solution is to guard young children’s brains from the dangers of tackle football,” Tregg Duerson said.

Tregg Duerson is the son of Dave Duerson, who was starting safety of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion team. Dave Duerson took his own life at age 50. He was later found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a brain disease that has been linked to hits to the head from events such as tackling in football. His son spoke in favor of the Dave Duerson act, the proposal that was introduced in Illinois a little over a week ago.

With hundreds of youth football players in Dane County, similar concerns for concussion safety exist for youth athletes in Wisconsin who participate in tackle football, but no similar ban has been proposed.

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