Football helmets have undergone several makeovers in the last couple of decades. However, is it enough to keep children safe on the football field? One woman who recently lobbied Congress doesn’t believe so. She produced two football helmets, one of which was a toy. The other was a real one, just like the one her son wore when he played eight years of Pop Warner football.

Football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a neurodegenerative disease that can only be diagnosed after death and has been linked to repetitive head trauma. The disease has been found in the brains of many football players after they died.

According to the woman, the toy helmet was subject to more federal safety regulations than the football helmet, such as those intended to prevent children under the age of 12 from harm.

The real helmet had to meet the safety standards that were set by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. This is a nonprofit organization that is funded by the sporting goods industry. The rules and regulations put out by NOCSAE, though, only dealt with adult helmets – not youth models. The woman wanted Congress to know about the discrepancies between the regulations for the adult helmet and the youth helmet. Her son was 24 when he died in a motorcycle accident, and he was diagnosed with CTE after his death.

New Lawsuits Arise Over Youth Football Concussions

Another woman whose son committed suicide after exhibiting behavioral problems was diagnosed posthumously with CTE. The lawsuit, which names Pop warner, NOCSAE and USA Football as defendants, alleges that children were irresponsibly exposed to an increased risk of brain damage and all three organizations deceived parents and children about the risks.

Has Your Child Suffered Brain Damage or Other Injuries While Playing Organized Youth Football?

The lawsuit filed by the two women asks for safety measures such as warning labels on all helmets that disclose the risks of CTE and other diseases and damages to the brain, as well as a stronger safety standard for helmets by NOCSAE for minors.

If your child has suffered an injury or is experiencing emotional or developmental problems, perhaps due to brain damage from repeated hits after playing Pop Warner or other organized football, you may find the advice of an experienced persona injury attorney helpful.