New focus on brain injuries in youngest athletes
The decision by Pop Warner football to impose new limits on full-speed blocking and contact at practices underscores how concern over long-term effects of concussions has now reached the sport's youngest players. It was the latest sign of the shifting culture for football, coming after thousands of lawsuits by retired NFL players, practice changes at Ivy League colleges and the adoption of new laws in several states intended to protect high-school athletes from concussion-related brain injuries.
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