Kids And Concussions: Football Equipment Needs To Be Regulated

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(Memphis) From pediatricians to parent and coaches, politicians and professional athletes, many who love football came together to talk about kids and concussions, what they know, and, more importantly, what they don't.

State Representative G.A. Hardoway said, "This awareness started more because of the value of NFL professional players as opposed to what we should have been looking at. The health and welfare of our children."

Medical experts believe these big league issue must be dealt with starting at the little league level. They need to learn the ins and outs of the game before they can take the hits.

Coach Jimmie Taylor said, "I would be proponent of flat football at the early ages. They are starting contact football at age 4 and 5 and I think that's too early."

Wanda Baker works for Project Brain. She says if the concussion is keeping the kid off the field, they should be out of the classroom, too.

"It's important for the brain to rest so the child can heal and play the sport and return to learn."

Another issue is outdated equipment.

Gene Richardson of Genetic Sports played college football.

He said, "We need to make sure their uniforms are fitted well. They need to have shoulder pads fitting the way they need to as well as the helmets."

Some say the state needs to step in and regulate the padding, the way they do car seats and strollers, because you can put a price on a ticket to a game, but you can't put a price on a child's brain.

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