High school football season is underway, but is the sport safe?
Some parents say they want football eliminated from school sports programs. The main reason is safety and concern over concussions and other injuries.
Pop Warner, the country’s largest youth football organization, recently eliminated kickoffs at the youngest levels beginning this fall, The Sealy News reports.
Instead, the ball will be placed at the 35-yard line at the start of each half and after scoring plays to help reduce full-speed collisions.
The danger isn’t limited to games.
About 58 percent of concussions in high school and college happen during practice, according to Scholastic.com.
Football is currently the most popular sport for high school boys with just over a million participants.