How young is too young for tackle football?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The CDC is evaluating the risks to children of full-contact football. The government agency will be looking at research to identify the age groups most at risk of suffering head injuries.

Doctor Sean Convery, sports medicine physician with Premier Orthopedics, said they could also eventually look into other contact sports, but for now the focus is on tackle football.

“Right now, we don’t know what that right age is,” said Dr. Convery. He said he believes parents need to decide when their child is physically mature enough for that kind of contact, and make sure they can get proper-fitting equipment.

“That is essential with a helmet,” he said. “You can argue all you want about which helmet to use, but it has to be fitted properly by someone who knows how to do that so they get all the benefits provided by that helmet.”

He said not every kid has the same head shape or size. So, it’s important equipment isn’t just blindly handed out to children. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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