NY state assembly holds hearing on concerns around youth tackle football

Posted at 4:19 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 23:36:33-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — Lawmakers throughout New York state met to discuss the status of youth tackle football.

The state assembly Health Committee held a public hearing in New York City on Tuesday, addressing concerns on tackle football's impact on memory, and cognitive issues later in life. Several experts in the medical field, athletic organizational leaders and others testified both for and against the proposed legislation.

This isn't the first time legislation like this has been presented in New York. Across the country, several states are looking at enacting similar legislation including Massachusetts.

Those in favor of a ban, pointed to the risk of concussions and CTE. Those against,said between both modernized education and training for players and coaches, the game is safer more now than ever.

This comes after legislation passed in September would require youth football organizations to provide informational packets on concussions to families. The law won't go into effect until December.