12 Investigates: Virginia Tech studies youth football player injuries

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's new cause for concern tonight over head injuries if you're the parent of a young football player. A new study from Virginia Tech takes a look at football practices.

According to the research, it turns out, less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players.

The university along with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, studied 50 youth league players ages 9 to 12 on three different teams.

They placed sensors in their helmets and discovered the team that had the fewest practices also had the fewest high-impact head hits recorded by the sensors over the course of a season.

There have been numerous studies on college and high school players- but not many on these young players. According to Virginia Tech, 70% of the football players in the U.S. are under the age of 14.

The research could be very important for children - this age group is a time when brains are still developing.

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