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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Head Shots Are a Problem in Youth Football as Well (Video)

Here’s another perfect example of why the NFL’s push to cut down on head shots is important.  Helmet-to-helmet contact is a problem throughout all levels of football, and unfortunately that includes Pee Wee.  Guyism posted a video on Tuesday that may look funny at first, but gets pretty disturbing the more you watch it.  I’ll let you have a look at it before I weigh in.  Check out this Pee Wee football head shot video:

That’s effed up on so many levels.  First of all, what kind of coach makes 8-year-old kids go through a hardcore drill where they’re trying to truck each other?  Yeah, it’s all part of the game but it looks a little too intense to be going on with kids this age.  Secondly, the kid who was trying to make the tackle is laying motionless on the ground.  I have no idea whether he’s actually hurt or not, but it’s not fun to look at.  Lastly, and most importantly in my opinion, look at the kid who was carrying the ball after the play.  Doesn’t go over to his teammate, who’s laying flat on his back, to check if he’s okay.  The kid gets up and flips the ball to the coach and pretty much celebrates the hit.  He’s clearly aware that he accomplished his goal of destroying the defender.  This type of stuff shouldn’t be happening with football players this young, especially when they’re at practice in a more controlled environment than a game.

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