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Youth Football Is Getting A Long Overdue Makeover

Christine Golic | Posted 05.01.2015 | Sports
Christine Golic

Parents need know that times are a changing. The NFL and the youth organizations have heard your concerns about player safety and are taking actions to address them. As a result, youth football is getting a long overdue makeover.

An Open Letter to My Son's Coach

Jen Cohen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jen Cohen

Coach, your words of advice, "Arrive on time, prepared and ready to deliver a best effort," were met with an eager-to-please attitude from my 10-year-old son. When other young players neglected to demonstrate this same courtesy, your actions spoke louder than your words.

Like Chris Borland, Risk Not Worth Reward For Millions of Youth Players

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Sports
Brian Patrick Harmon

When it comes to great sports moments, Hail Mary touchdowns can't touch this. Walk-off home runs? Forget it. Even a March Madness buzzer-beater dulls in comparison. Chris Borland's retirement from the NFL blows them all away.

Safety in Youth Football -- Finding Solutions, Not Fault

Jen Cohen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Sports
Jen Cohen

Football safety in America is a relevant topic with head injuries and long-term effects taking center stage. Everyone has an opinion. I'm sounding off as the mother of twin athletes who is more concerned about finding solutions than finding fault.

The Super Bowl Overshadowed A Disturbing New Study Of Youth Football

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 02.05.2015 | Sports

While you were all talking about "deflategate" last week, an important study was quietly published.

Should My Child Play Football?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

All sports, like life itself, involve risks. Unless we intend to keep our children by our sides, safe from the potential of injury, growing up entails dangers to life and limb.

How Young Is Too Young To Be Playing Football?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

While the dangers of concussions and head injuries for NFL players has generated plenty of conversation and litigation in recent years, professional a...

Mike Golic's Optimism for Safe Football Is Pure Fantasy

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 01.31.2015 | Sports
Brian Patrick Harmon

Forgive my pessimism, but as long as football continues to attract these types of "You hit like a girl!" gorillas to teach the game to children, no amount of Heads Up football is going to make the sport safer.

A Call to Action: Youth Sports Reform

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 12.21.2014 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Unfortunately, we are now seeing our young athletes dropping out of organized sports at record levels: according to an annual survey conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association,

High School Football Deaths Stir Memories of Ugly Youth Football Moments

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 12.06.2014 | Sports
Brian Patrick Harmon

It was the waning moments of a damp September fourth quarter, and football, as it often does, had brought out the ugly side of one of its fans. In this case, the red-faced rooter was a 30-something dad.

Resolute 10-Year-Old Returns To Football Field After Double Leg Amputations

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.19.2014 | Good News

Sometimes passion is a key factor to beating impossible odds. Because of his insatiable love for football, 10-year-old Deven Jackson from Shermans ...

7 Guides for Parents to Help Their Children through Competitive Youth Football

Michael Gervais, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Michael Gervais, Ph.D.

Though young athletes handle pressure differently, parents of youth football players often experience their own anxiety not knowing how to help their children navigate a stressful experience.

Having a Son Has Ruined Football for Me

Scott Benner | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Scott Benner

The boy in me who was raised on Buddy Ryan football was shocked to hear himself say no. My ego and pride were alive with the notion that someone thought my son would be a good football player, but the idea of him banging his head into other people terrified me.

4 Unexpected Upsides to My Son's Obsession with Football

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

When I met my husband 14 years ago, he turned me into a football fan. He was passionate about his team, and I joined his bandwagon. Now, our 4-year-old son has done the same. But he, well, he has taken it to an entirely new level.

Brett Favre 'Would Be Real Leery' Of Letting His Son Play Football

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 11.18.2013 | Sports

Count Brett Favre among the parents who would think twice before allowing a son to play football. In the same week that ESPN's "Outside The Lines" rep...

Is Football Just Too Dangerous?

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Larry Strauss

Should there even be high school football? Just asking that question is probably an affront to players and their fans at every level. But I'm asking because the question needs to be asked. Because don't we put student safety above all else?

America Is in a State of Denial When It Comes to Football

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a nation, we love football and we don't want to deal with the giant elephant in the room: football is a game that's inherently dangerous to the human brain, and there's really not much we can do about it.

Boy Gets Booted From Team For 'Being Smart,' Mom Says

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.24.2013 | Parents

A youth football player in Lunenburg, Mass., has been kicked off his team for "being smart," his mother says. Michael Nowd skipped a grade five yea...

What Every Parent Should Know: Making Football Better and Safer for Our Kids

Charlotte Jones Anderson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Charlotte Jones Anderson

I grew up watching football, and my two sons, ages 18 and 12, are no different. In my family, football is more than a sport -- it's a passion. After my sons asked persistently, I decided to let them play the game.

Talented Children: Blessing or Burden?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

It seems like a nice problem to have; a gifted child with a seemingly promising future. But when -- and how much -- should a parent get involved? And when should they get out of the way?

Youth Football -- Parents Gone Wild

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 01.09.2013 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

In Florida nine men were arrested last week for running a gambling ring centering on youth football. How did bettors attempt to influence the outcome? By bribing and paying the young players. Players would be paid thousands of dollars after a particularly pleasing game.

For Fear Of The Game? NFL Concussion Issues Change Thinking About Youth Football

AP | CHRIS JENKINS | Posted 05.26.2012 | Sports

-- Already uneasy about the idea of letting her 7-year-old son Jason start playing tackle football, Elizabeth Giancarli made up her mind when former ...

The Greatest Juke In High School Football?

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 12.13.2011 | Sports

If you're going to make a highlight reel, this is the type stuff you're definitely going to want to feature. In the clip below, Petey Williams, a k...

Woman Allegedly Stabbed Someone At Youth Football Practice

Evanston, IL Patch | Jessica Rudis | Posted 11.28.2011 | Chicago

Evanston police say they arrested a 36-year-old woman and charged her in connection with a stabbing that occurred at Evanston Township High School dur...