If you are a parent considering enrolling your child in football, the Concussion Legacy Foundation strongly recommends you delay enrolling your child in tackle football until the age of 14. Tackle football has been played for nearly 150 years, but only in the last 10 years has the scientific community begun investigating its long-term effects on the brain. The initial research is so concerning that we launched the Flag Football Under 14 campaign to educate parents so you can make an informed decision. This campaign builds on the recommendation made by CLF Medical Director Dr. Robert Cantu, who first advocated this policy in 2012 in his book Concussions and Our Kids. Until tackle football is proven safe for the developing brain, we urgently recommend parents only enroll their children in flag and other non-tackle versions of football before age 14.
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