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March 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

USA Football to study youth football safety

Here is a press release that was sent in Monday:

USA Football will sponsor a full-season research study in 2011 to examine player health and safety in organized youth tackle football. USA Football is accepting proposals from groups or institutions through May 2 seeking to receive the study grant.

The independent scientific study, the first sponsored by football’s national governing body, is believed to be the first of its scope for youth football. The research will document player health and estimate the injury rate in youth football by following a national sample of players during the course of the 2011 season. Results of this study will serve as the foundation for USA Football’s development resources, youth football rulebook and recommended practices for youth football leagues across the United States.

USA Football’s safety surveillance study will aim to provide new information to America’s youth football community, including:

— The incidence and severity of injuries in organized youth tackle football.

— Playing standards (player age; player age and weight) that account for the safest play.

— Observations about player safety at different ages and at game vs. practice situations.

Groups or institutions interested in submitting a proposal to conduct the study should reach USA Football at research@usafootball.com. One proposal will be accepted and announced early this summer.

“This ground-breaking research will enable us to strengthen youth football player safety in an evidence-based way,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “We are committed to lead America’s youth football community and discover how our country’s favorite sport can be made even better.”

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and the league’s 32 teams.

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