The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) has just released Hit Counts, a report that advocates taking unprecedented steps to protect young athletes from concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
The report suggests that “the fastest and most effective path to safer youth sports is to regulate the amount of brain trauma that a child is allowed to incur in a season and a year.” A ‘hit count’ would look at the maximum number of hits per day, week, season and year. It would also mandate a period of rest after a minimum brain trauma exposure.
Undoubtedly, some will argue that this will lead to burdensome and unnecessary regulations – but consider the following:
SLI’s proposes to have a Hit Count adopted by major youth sports organizations by 2013. Let’s hope they succeed.