Junior Varsity
By John Dudley Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘concussions’
Posted: May 28th, 2011

If you figured it was only a matter of time before helmet manufacturers began pouring money into lobbying efforts as a reaction to the intensifying pressure to make youth football safer, you were right. The Associated Press reports that Riddell, the official helmet for the NFL, spent $80,000 in the first quarter of this year after spending virtually nothing on lobbying in 2010. Riddell has come under fire by some lawmakers for what they contend are false and misleading claims about their helmets’ ability to prevent head injuries.

The full story is below:

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Posted: March 16th, 2011

A bill introduced in Congress this week would impose tougher safety standards on reconditioned football helmets, thousands of which are work by players at the youngest levels. “Helmet standards haven’t been changed in 30 years,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey, one of the co-sponsors of the legislation. “It is very important our students are protected with the best head gear possible.” Another lawmaker points out that about 100,000 helmets more than a decade old are being worn by youth players.

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Posted: March 10th, 2011

City officials in Chicago are taking a novel approach to address the problem of concussions in sports by threatening to force schools to pay for water and sewer services they are now exempt from paying if they fail to respond to athletes showing symptoms of a head injury.

The full Associated Press story is below. The proposal would affect elementary, middle and high school programs at Chicago’s more than 100 public schools.

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Posted: January 14th, 2011

The federal government might be getting involved in youth football safety. According to an Associated Press report (below), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into whether enough is being done to protect players, and whether helmets promise levels of protection that aren’t consistent with reality. This is just the latest development in what has become a yearlong focus on head injuries and helmet safety at all levels of football, including the NFL.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission says his agency is looking into possible action regarding safety claims over youth football helmets.

Chairman Jon Leibowitz made the revelation in a letter to New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall, who had requested an FTC investigation into what he called “misleading safety claims and deceptive practices.”

Leibowitz says the commission agrees that there are serious concerns, and “will determine what action by this agency may be appropriate.”

In the letter, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Leibowitz added that issues involving serious health concerns are a “high priority for the commission.”

Last fall, Udall asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate whether safety standards for football helmets are adequate to protect young players from concussions.

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Posted: November 24th, 2010

Pop Warner has responded to the recent flurry of publicity surrounding football-related concussions with a new set of guideline, as noted in this New York Times article. Among them: Players who suffer concussions may not return to contact without a doctor’s note.

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