Study: Youth football players take college-level hits

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A study done by Wake Forest and Virginia Tech University finds that youth football players are taking the same kinds of hits that college players take.

Unlike high school and college football, most of the hard hits youth players take happen during practice, according to the study.

The study indicates children ages 7 to 8 who play football on average experience 107 head hits over the course of ten practices and five games.  Most of the hits aren’t very strong, but some topped 80 times the force of gravity — which is similar to the hits players take during college football games, the findings read.

Researchers said pee-wee coaches should either stop or lower the number of hard-hitting drills they run in practices in order to prevent injury now and down the road.