New York State legislators are considering a measure that would ban tackle football for children aged 12 and under.

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The Health Committee of the New York State Assembly held a hearing in New York City October 29 taking testimony from health professionals, former players and officials who help set regulations for the sport.

Among those testifying was Doctor T.J. Abraham who suffers from early dementia after playing football in college. He told the committee brain damage he suffered has destroyed his medical practice and everyday life.

The health committee have yet to formalize the specifics of a possible ban.

The Associate Press reports the proposal follows a Boston University study that said children who play tackle football may develop cognitive, behavioral and mood problems.

Scott Hallenbeck, the executive director of USA Football, argued that his national governing body has made the sport safer than ever with protective measures for young athletes.


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