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SBD/November 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFLPA, Cleveland Clinic Partner To Assist Former Players Suffering From Brain Trauma
Published November 14, 2013
DROP IN YOUTH PARTICIPATION: ESPN.com's Fainaru & Fainaru-Wada noted Pop Warner youth football "saw participation drop 9.5 percent between 2010-12, a sign that the concussion crisis that began in the NFL is having a dramatic impact at the lowest rungs of the sport." Pop Warner "lost 23,612 players, thought to be the largest two-year decline since the organization began keeping statistics decades ago." Pop Warner officials believe "several factors played a role in the decline, including the trend of youngsters focusing on one sport." But the organization's chief medical officer, Dr. Julian Bailes, cited "concerns about head injuries as 'the No. 1 cause'" (ESPN.com, 11/13).