St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is wrapping up its annual meeting here in St Louis. One of the hot topics they tackled: concussions in young athletes.
Two-and-a-half weeks ago, Pop Warner Youth Football re-wrote its rule book to try to protect kids from concussions.
New research shows more head injuries actually occur in practice than during games. And most Pop Warner Youth Football kids practice nine hours a week. Under the new guidelines, only a third of that time could involve contact. They also ban head-to-head hits.
At the same time, concussions have been a hot topic in professional football and hockey.
Marjorie Albohm, former president of the National Athletic Trainers Association, visits NewsChannel 5 First @ 4 to discuss the focus on concussions and how sports facilities can better serve young athletes.