Taking Action to Prevent Concussions from Occurring
Taking Action to Prioritize Player Health and Safety when Potential Concussions Do Occur
Brain injury in NFL players has raised awareness and led to changes at all levels of the sport. Youth football, and our league specifically, has taken actions to reduce risk and improve player safety.
Youth football has been comparatively safe, even before the many changes in recent years, and parents are often surprised to learn that the risk of concussions is significantly present in other sports their children participate in (see below).
Most of what has been learned about concussions and treatment is relatively recent as are the changes that have been implemented to improve player safety - and we're confident that ongoing research will show youth football becoming even safer.
News stories regarding concussions in professional football have fueled debate about the safety of football from youth to the pros. On the positive side, it has led to changes to rules and policies, improved equipment, increased awareness and education, and increased research - making the game safer. On the negative side, it has led to fears and assumptions based on emotions - not on facts. Here are the facts:
The Washington Junior Football League and its members make player safety our top priority. Our commitment to USA Football and the Heads Up program requires concussion awareness education for coaches, parents and players. It requires training and certification for all coaches that includes safe and proper tackling and blocking techniques, equipment fitting and more.