Illinois Rep Wants Age Limit On Tackle Football Over Brain Injury Concerns

Source: usatoday.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 1/29/2018 – 

A legislator introduced a bill Thursday that could lead to Illinois becoming the first state to put an age limit on when children can play tackle football.

State Rep. Carol Sente filed the Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE in the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday, a bill named after the late Chicago Bears defensive back that would ban participation in tackle football under the age of 12.

“While concussions are bad, so are the sub-concussive hits,” Sente told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just like smoking. You don’t die of cancer the first time you smoke a cigarette. You also can’t say that 100% of smokers develop cancer. But this is still a public safety issue and you have to (do) something to protect these young athletes.”

Sente said she authored the bill – which follows other legislation she’s introduced to make sports safer for youth and high school athletes over the last six years – after talking to former football players and examining concussion-related research.

There have been attempts in other state houses to implement such bans, including one introduced by New York state Rep. Michael Benedetto again this week. Benedetto first brought forward legislation that would set an age limit on youth football in 2013.None of the bills have gotten far.

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