Tackling restrictions will forever change the NFL

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30 March 2018 | 10:01 pm

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The NFL passed a rule that will outlaw its players from leading with their helmets to initiate contact during an annual meeting on Tuesday. A player who uses the crown of their helmet will be penalized 15 yards and could be ejected for the foul.

“Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we’re using the helmet as protection, and it’s not being used as a weapon, and that’s the core of what we’re focused on, and I think we made a tremendous amount of progress in that this week,” explained NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Playing football has been associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE, a rare condition linked to repetitive head trauma, can cause cognitive, physical and emotional difficulties. This new rule is designed to prevent helmet-to-helmet collisions and decrease the number of concussions on the gridiron. State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) proposed a state law, titled the Dave Duerson Act, on January 25 that would ban children younger than 12 from playing tackle football in Illinois. Roughly five weeks later, on March 1, the House Mental Health Committee passed Sente’s bill by a vote of 11-9.

“Five years ago, I went to see my neurologist and constituent, Dr. Larry Robbins, for a routine migraine appointment,” Sente told the Chicago News.

“At the appointment’s conclusion, Dr. Robbins brought the issue of concussions and subconcussive hits to my attention. He asked me to file a bill that would reduce the amount of full-speed tackling during high school football practices. My response to him was, ‘Sorry, but no. That bill will surely give me a headache.’ However, Dr. Robbins was relentless and he kept sending me information. I read the information he sent and then could not turn away from the science.”

While NFL executives drastically altered the game this week, Sente’s bill would make Illinois the first U.S. state to place an age restriction on youth football.

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