Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed efforts to limit
contact practices in youth football, but declined to make a clear
recommendation in favor of delaying the age at which tackling is introduced.
The AAP likewise refused to support those calling for an outright ban on
tackling in football for athletes below age 18, unwilling to recommend at this
time such a fundamental change in the way the game is played.
As someone who has been working for 15 years to make youth football safer, MomsTEAM's Executive Director was glad to see the nation's largest and most prestigious pediatrics group support so many of the evidence- and expert consensus-based recommendations MomsTEAM has been making to improve the safety of the game.