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.
Here is a link to the full study: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2013/08/080813-engineering-steverowsonhelmetswf.html