New statistics out in the world of sports find a significant drop in participation in youth football, at the same time the NFL has been the focus of a series of reports about concussions and brain damage among former players.
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The article by ESPN focuses on the nation’s largest youth football program, Pop Warner.It says the program saw participation drop 9.5 percent between 2010-12, suggesting that a concern for concussions in the NFL is running off young players in the sport.The report states Pop Warner lost 23,612 players, perhaps the largest two-year decline since the organization began keeping statistics decades ago.
Pop Warner’s chief medical officer cited concerns about head injuries as “the No. 1 cause.”
Pop Warner was founded in 1929. It’s the largest youth football organization in the world and where 60 to 70 percent of all NFL players got their start.