Youth Football Players Experience More Concussions More Easily Than Older Athletes

A new study from Virginia Tech discovered a greater risk of concussion in youth football players than in older athletes. The study followed six youth football teams over four years to measure the impact of hits, fitting the players’ helmets with sensors.

While the study suggests that youth players aren’t getting as many concussions as older athletes, the younger players are more likely to get injured after a less forceful hit.

Researchers say this information can help manufacturers produce safer gear, especially helmets, for younger football players.