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USA Football wants to change youth football. Does Heads Up Football work?

USA Football’s release this week of a two-year study on youth football injuries represents the latest attempt to answer two key questions for parents.

Should I let my kid play football? And if I do, at what age should he start?

These questions are being debated across the country with various opinions by different medical experts and researchers. The answers are significant to USA Football and the NFL, which financially supports USA Football and its Heads Up Football program.

Football participation across the United States has dropped five straight years. More than half a million fewer players are participating in football since 2007. USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck even says he thinks more youth players could transition from tackle to flag football.

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