Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Bronx assemblyman is calling for a ban on youth football programs. He concedes reaction from constituents has been mixed.
Michael Benedetto says the ban would be for tackle football programs for those younger than 11 only. He says the game teaches great life lessons, however, he introduced the law to protect kids from concussions.
The decision to propose the law came after looking at concussion research. "Over the last five, ten years, there have been studies concussions and numerous subconcussive blows can have a detrimental effect on brain development," says Benedetto. He says young football players have a "bobblehead" look as they play. 'Kids' heads are bigger than the rest of their bodies, their neck muscles are not fully developed yet and not as able to protect them from blows to the head they might take," explains Benedetto.
He says some have been cheering for the bill, but others have questioned the science, and his motives. "Many of them say it's not a danger to children. Very few cases are there concussions during the course of a pee wee football game, we teach them to tackle properly so these injuries don't occur, and that's their arguments," says Benedetto.
Benedetto says he's already received support from colleagues in the Assembly, but is also looking for support in the Senate. "We are a deliberative body, we do investigations, we debate bills, and hopefully in the process we make the right decision," notes Benedetto.
What is in the water in NYS?
2.5 years and we are out of this God Forsaken state.
Might as well just turn your children over to the state.
Every sport has its risks
We ban football today, then what ? gymnastic, baseball and hockey tomorrow
Soon we have the kids sitting on the sidelines.
Sports help in a child’s social development, instills team work, and gives a sense of accomplishment.
When did special interest groups become the parents ?
Our Culture is more obsessed than ever to dictate what is best for the individual, how to live, and what to think.
We let “studies” do our rational thinking, justify our actions. Then “brand” it , this is for your own good
go to south park studios and watch sarcastaball. that is what you have. No salt, no large soda, no polystyrene foam, no guns, no libery, no freedoms and no choice (except for abortion, thank you margart sanger). welcome to your tryannical oligarch government.