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Former NFL player Trevor Matich has given his view on the worrying trend that has seen participation numbers for the nation's largest youth football program, Pop Warner, fall. 

Youth Football figures in the US have dropped significantly, which is a worrying statistic for the NCAA and the NFL. 

Around 60-70% of all NFL players originally came from Pop Warner, so for that program to be taking a hit means tough times could be ahead in football's future. 

Pop Warner's Chief Medical Officer has admitted the number one reason for the fall in participation is head injuries and that's said to be the 'No:1 concern.'

Trevor Matich responded to these figures in the video above. He explained, "I think there is enough of an understanding now that if you don't play pee wee football you'll still be able to play in the NFL. 

"I think for the NFL, what's more important is the perception of the league. Because this is a huge business. When people hear about head trauma at the Pop Warner level, that has an impact. However, the main impact is if they see that happen in the NFL and on TV."

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