Democrats Ban Football?

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( – California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has promised to veto Assembly Bill 734 which would block children under the age of 6 from playing football starting next season. According to the bill, the ban would increase the age on the ban to 10 in 20227 and then to 12 in 2029.

On Wednesday, Newsom told the Hill that he would not be signing this legislation that would effectively block the youth from playing tackle football. He added that while he was concerned about the health and safety of youth athletes he did not believe that an outright ban was the correct choice. He added that his administration would be collaborating with the author of the bill and the legislature to introduce more policies strengthening safety in youth football, while also giving parents the freedom to choose which sport they believe would be best for their children to be involved in.

Newsom proceeded to argue that as part of this process, he would be consulting sports and health medicine experts, parents, and coaches in order to ensure that those who play youth football would be protected by the highest standards of safety.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that according to a study published around two years earlier, there was no connection between cognitive or behavioral issues and the sport. This is besides the concerns of those who worry that possible head injuries in the sport could lead to injuries.

In 2017, JAMA published another study in which they concluded that 21 percent of high school football players suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

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