BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn representative is pushing new legislation to make youth football leagues safer for its players.
City Councilman Steve Levin has introduced the Youth Football Safety Act, which would require a doctor or athletic trainer to be on site for every youth game and full contact practice citywide. He says it would allow a medical professional to determine if a child received a concussion, taking that assessment out of the hands of a coach.
The proposal would also prohibit the city’s Parks Department from approving permit applications unless it's indicated that the necessary medical person will be in attendance. The doctor or trainer will be required to document their presence at the event, along with any injuries that may have occurred.
Levin adds that NFL players must go through extensive testing to return to the game after suffering a concussion, and it's only right that youth players receive the same treatment.