Touch Football Safer for Kids

A pediatric orthopedic surgeon says parents should consider their child’s physical and emotional maturity before allowing their pre-teen child to participate in football. Jon-Paul DiMauro, MD, attending physician in the division or pediatric orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, noted that children in younger grades who participate in football vary greatly in height and weight, which can lead to children who have not developed as much getting injured. He typically sees a lot of femur fractures and ankle sprains during football season. Dr. Mauro added that schools such as one in the Marshall Independent School District in Texas that is replacing tackle football with flag football for its seventh graders allows the students to focus more on the strategy of the game.

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