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Brain Injury Association of America Calls for Flag Football Leagues to Require Protective Head Gear


Vienna, Va. - In a Feb. 15 letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, Susan Connors, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America, called on non-tackling football leagues to mitigate the risk of concussion in players by revisiting safety protocols and requiring players to wear protective head gear.

Between the release of Sony Pictures movie “Concussion” and the landmark NFL class-action lawsuit brought against the league by current and former players, concussion remains a part of the public consciousness and on the minds of parents concerned about their children on the field. Participation in non-tackling leagues has skyrocketed, as these were identified as a way to limit exposure to collisions and significantly reduce the risk of concussion in children.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and causing chemical changes in the brain. This results in either a temporary alteration in consciousness (feeling dazed, stunned, or confused) or a temporary loss of consciousness. The effects of concussion can be quite serious, especially in children. Most people who sustain concussions recover spontaneously, while others – about 15 percent of those who experience a concussion – require medical treatment, including rehabilitation.

“Injuries on and off the field will continue, but any effort to reduce the risk of concussion should be seen in high regard by league officials, parents, and coaches,” commented Connors. “It is not the game at risk, but the players. Protecting the development of our youth must be a priority.”


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