Changes made in protecting youth football

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Video: Precautions in place to prevent youth injuries


KIRTLAND -- The NFL has a trickle-down effect. There's been a lot of changes to youth football in recent years, all with player safety in mind. 

As football-related concussions have come into the spotlight, step one in safety is making sure participants know the proper way to tackle. 

Jerry Seimon has been a coach for 30 years and says in Kirtland they"have the kids take their helmet off."

"We didn't go full speed or full-go or anything, but it got them to realize that they're not supposed to lead with their head," he said. "Without a helmet, they're not going to do that."

The helmet design for youth football is pretty much identical to high school, and gel pads can be customized to each player. 

Helmets are sent out after each season to be reconditioned and approved with a 10-year limit on each one.

There's now a whole process that players have to go through to get back into the action after sustaining a head injury. A new rule this year will prevent them from returning that day.

Don Hatchard, an 11-year official, explains: "In the past, it was if you had a doctor's note from the sideline, we were allowed to permit them to reenter the contest but that's a change this year."


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