SAFETY FIRST

Is Participation in Pop Warner Safe?

Pop Warner has a long history of providing a safe environment for all our members. Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional, and national) that sets and enforces a strict Age & Weight Matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries. Datalys Institute’s research data show that Pop Warner Rules and Heads-Up Football Training result in injury rate that has 87% fewer injuries than non-Heads-Up/non-Pop Warner programs.

All About Safety ...

Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional, and national) that sets and enforces a strict AGE & WEIGHT MATRIX that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.

Did you know that Pop Warner football is safer than soccer? Pop Warner football has 12% fewer injuries per capita among 5–15-year old’s than organized soccer in the same age range! (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS)

In our continuing efforts to provide the safest playing environment for our young athletes, and in light of developing concussion research, Pop Warner announced some important rule changes for the 2012 season.

With these rule changes, Pop Warner becomes the first youth tackle football organization to officially limit contact during practices. The changes can be found in the Official Pop Warner Rule Book and are a result of the advice of our Medical Advisory Board and the direct input of Pop Warner regional and local administrators and coaches.


 

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