Health & Safety

Pass a Law Preventing Full Contact Football Leagues For Children Under the Age of 12

As more information comes forward on concussions, the less plausible it seems to let young children play tackle football and damage their brains. There are not enough qualified coaches to teach proper techniques to young athletes and too many coaches teaching young athletes to  make NFL like big hits. It is irresponsible and dangerous for the youth of Illinois.

Only 2 Full Pad, Full Contact Football Practices Per Week During High School Football Regular Seasons

This is another vital step in protecting the mental development of Illinois youth. It is not necessary to have more than 2 full padded practices a week to make a good football team. The NFL only has 14 fully padded contact practices a regular season, with a maximum of 1 each week. This agreement was reached through demands made by NFL players in their collective bargaining agreement with the NFL. High school football players don’t have a union, and it is up for policy makers to make sound policy in order to protect them.

Children Under the Age of 12 Cannot Head Soccer Balls in Organized Soccer Leagues

Much of the public is aware of the concussion concerns associated with football, but a large portion of the public is unaware that concussions occur more often in soccer games than in football games. This is probably because most of the concussions that take place in a soccer game occur during routine plays.  Anytime a soccer player attempts to head the ball, they risk receiving and most likely receive a concussion.  The U.S. soccer federation has banned heading the soccer ball for players 10 and under. They have also set weekly heading limits for children age 11 to 13.

Illinois needs to be at the forefront of protecting its children, and banning the heading of soccer balls for children under the age of 12 is a step in the right direction.