Video Of Local Youth Football Player Getting Hit Hard During Practice Sparks New Conversation About Sports Safety

WEDDINGTON, N.C. – A video of a young football player getting knocked over by another is going viral on social media. Adults on the field can be heard laughing after the little boy gets knocked down in a drill purportedly designed to help defenders learn how to tackle and ball carriers learn how to break a tackle.

WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea asked a doctor if this type of hit can cause damage to a young brain. Dr. Christian Turner of Novant Health Pediatric Sports Medicine says, “The best knowledge we have is that repeated hits to the head in some capacity over time is more likely to lead to problems.”

Former Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. also sounded off on the hit. He says, “To see this video being put out there as a representation of that organization I think is totally unfair,” as well as, “It was a mistake. It was unfair for his kid at that time.”

USA Football has also released a statement saying, “This is dangerous, inappropriate and has no place in our game. Coach training is a pillar of our football development model because educated coaches are key to making the game safer and more fun for the kids who play it.”

Our question of the night: do you think the rules of youth football should be reviewed?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB Sports anchor Zach Aldridge