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Md. delegate drafts bill to ban tackling, hitting and checking in youth sports

Md. delegate drafts bill to ban tackling, hitting and checking in youth sports (ABC7)

Maryland Delegate Dr. Terri Hill is tackling an issue that some parents don’t agree with. This week, she drafted a bill, which could change the way that children play sports.

“Below high school level there should be no tackling in football, no hitting in soccer, no checking in lacrosse, or hockey because those are the activities where we see the highest incidents of head injuries,” said Hill.

Hill, who is also a plastic surgeon, believes the latest research indicates that children are at risk for long-term issues when they are hit repeatedly during sports.

“It’s not just the concussions where you’ve passed out etc., but it’s subconcussive injuries, particularly when they are done on young brains,” said Hill.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” said Jerry Campbell. “Life has a risk and I don’t care, you can’t protect everybody from everything. It’s impossible.”

Hill will submit her draft before the end of the week.

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