There’s been a ton of talk over the years about the violent tendencies of football and how it impacts the adolescent. This has come to the forefront as the medical community starts to better understand Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
And this recent study by the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program—see, they don’t just ski and watch artsy films up there—takes it even further away from the collegiate and professional levels concluding that flag football should be standard in organized leagues up until high school.
“This debate has been pushed to the forefront because it’s clear how much more is at stake now,” the study notes. “Starting with brains of children, which need to function effectively and efficiently to thrive in the new, information-based economy.”
The study recommends that USA Football, Pop Warner and all youth football organizations make the switch to flag football up until the age of 14. Children will then be given instruction on blocking and tackling at the age of 12, making it less likely injuries will occur once they hit high school.
This comes on the heels of multiple states failing to pass similar regulations in the past. That includes bills in California and New York.
Or you can just do what the Browns do to avoid contact—not tackle anyone on defense or catch any passes on offense.
That just gives their fans a recurring headache.