The end of American Football?

A researcher at Virginia Tech named Stefan Duma put electronic monitors in the helmets of 7- and 8-year-olds playing Pop Warner football. He found that those kids were routinely getting hits to the head in the 40 to 60 g range, with some even upwards of 80 gs.

To put that in perspective, imagine that you put your son in the front seat of your car, told him not to wear a seat belt, and then smashed the car at 25 miles an hour into a brick wall, so that your son’s forehead hit the dashboard. That would be 100 g. Then you reverse and do it again, 30 to 40 times over the course of two hours, at speeds between 20 and 25 miles per hour.

That’s a football game. If you reversed and did it again, 1,000 times, that would be a season.

This is massively screwed up. Is there any chance a parent lets their kid play football? Is American football child abuse? How is youth football insurable?

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