A New York politician introduced legislation to ban kids younger than 11 from playing tackle football in the state - the first such proposal in the country.
"I want to protect the children," assemblyman Michael Benedetto, a Democrat, told the New York Daily News. "I want them to get an appreciation of the game but I also don't want them to come out of this wonderful sport in a damaged condition. I think the evidence is now out there that kind of warrants another look at youth activities."
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Before the Super Bowl, President Obama expressed his concerns in the midst of recent news coverage of concussions and brain injuries.
"I am a huge fan, but there is no doubt some of the concerns we've learned about when it comes to concussions have to give parents pause," Obama told CBS.
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Between 1991 and 2006, participation in youth-focused Pop Warner Football almost doubled from about 130,000 players to 260,000 players. Kids as young as 5 are allowed to tackle.