For the past decade — much to the chagrin of many fans — the NFL has implemented notable rules changes in an attempt to cut down on collisions which result in concussions. As increased research continues to raise awareness about the correlation between repeated head trauma and long-term brain damage, the league has launched a renewed player safety movement.
Most notably, the league has restricted hits on “defenseless players,” amended kick-off rules to restrict players from taking running starts before the play, and reduced the number of full-contact practices for teams throughout the week. The rule change has helped decrease the number of concussions per game, but some old school fans (and a few players) say they miss the massive collisions that once occurred regularly on the field.
As data continues to indicate a direct correlation between football and brain injuries, more and more parents are debating the merits of allowing their sons to play the game beloved by so many.