TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — We are less than one month away from kick off of the high school football season, but for many parents, the sport is continuing to raise concerns about concussions. A recent study by the University of Massachusetts found that 79% of people surveyed say children under the age of 14 should not play tackle football.
CBS 42 News caught up with Tuscaloosa’s Central High School football coach and he believes the decision is up to parents.
“I think that should be left up to the parents discretion,” Central High football coach Dennis Conner said. “If they feel their kid is big enough and fast enough and strong enough to play tackle football at a young age that should be to those parents discretion.”
According to the study, opposition to children playing football before the age of 14 is strongest among women.