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Parent Vigilant About Football Concussions

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November 14, 2013 — A Northwest Indiana mother whose son plays football in the Pop Warner Mighty Mite Junior Division says parents need to be educated about concussions.  Violet Mika says children can play football with certain types of injuries, but parents should seriously re-consider playing status when the injury is a concussion.

Most football players are first exposed to the game as children.  The Pop Warner League is the nation’s largest youth football program, with kids as young as five years old.  Lakeshore reporter Denise Turner spoke with Mika, whose son played in the Mighty Mite Junior 10-11-year-old division.

After learning that it’s harder for a child’s brain to recover from a head injury because it’s not fully developed, Mika is a little wary, as are other parents.  Pop Warner is reporting it has seen a 9.5% decline in participation from 2010 to 2012.  The number one reason they cited for the drop is, “concerns about head injuries.”

Pop Warner says the decline coincides with a series of brain damage reports by National Football League players.

Mika says she will continue to allow her son to suit-up — with caution.


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