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Both of these rules are attempts, the organization says, to minimize head injury consequences, especially considering that younger players are more likely to be permanently affected by brain injuries. Doctors add that the inexperience of some Pop Warner players, who range in age from five to sixteen, can be an added danger on the field.
This rule change comes on the heels of several similar football rule changes, both in the NFL and on the high school and college level. In Virginia recently, the state has implemented a law that requires schools to have a sports concussion policy and that requires injured players to be cleared by doctors before being put back into game play.