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Assembly committee hears about youth tackle football

Oct 29, 2019 2:00 pm
WRGB-TV in Albany is reporting the New York State Assembly Health Committee Chair heard testimony Tue., Oct. 29, to examine the potential benefits and consequences of a ban on organized youth tackle football, for children age 12 and younger. There is no pending proposal in place to ban tackle football for youth organizations statewide. Concerns have been raised about young people who play tackle football and the impact it may have on memory and cogitative problems later in life. Committee Chair Richard Gottfried heard testimony about the potential impacts on programs and children, as well as the current impacts of the sport on children. The committee hearing comes as concerns are being raised about the long-term health effects of the sport. In September, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation requiring all tackle football programs to provide parents with informational packets explaining concussions and the injuries football athletes could suffer as the result of getting hit. That law will take effect December 2. Read the full story at CBS6Albany [dot] com.