BOSTON (CBS) – The Joint Committee on Public Health held a public hearing, Tuesday, on a proposed bill to ban children younger than the 8th grade from playing tackle football.
Supporters say the risk for the neurodegenerative disease CTE increases by 30 percent every year spent playing tackle football.READ MORE: Body Believed To Be Missing Five-Year-Old Elijah Lewis Found In Abington
“The issue with football is if you start at age 5 you might have 10 times the risk of developing CTE as someone who starts at age 14,” said Dr. Chris Nowinski, the co-founder and CEO of Concussion Legacy Foundation.READ MORE: 'Mecca Of Rowing': Head Of The Charles Regatta Participants Grateful For Event's Return
Opponents argue that the proposed bill is government overreach and say that many youth football teams have already made significant safety changes like limiting contact during practice.
“Parents do not want their government telling them when their kids can play football,” said Scott Hallenbeck, the CEO of USA Football.MORE NEWS: Boston Mayoral Candidates Hit The Streets On First Day Of Early Voting
To date, no state has passed a ban of tackle football under the age of 14.