Douglas Difusco, coach of Patriots Youth Travel Football in Naperville, criticized a proposed bill that would ban tackle football for children younger than 12 in Illinois.
Difusco told West Cook News that the legislation introduced by state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) shows a “narrow view” in its attempt to decrease brain injuries commonly associated with athletes.
He noted that the proposal specifically targets football but does not address other organized sports that could cause injuries such as soccer, lacrosse, hockey and rugby.
Difusco said the proposed legislation is based on studies involving players who used protective equipment that are “light years behind” technologies that are available and in use today.
Those new technologies include helmet protection devices such as Guardian Caps and the Unequal Technology helmet liner.
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