Youth participation in football is at a worrying low, with the youth football programme run by Pop Warner seeing a drastic drop in numbers in recent years.
The reason for this is worries about the safety of kids playing football at such a young level, and one huge sports star, LeBron James, has hit the nail on the end this week with his comments about the sports that he allows his kids to play.
LeBron James is one of the most physical athletes in sports. He's a dominant basketball player, and when his kids grow up you would certainly feel that they will be dominant at whatever sport they do or do not choose to pursue.
But LeBron, the ever caring father, has banned his young children from playing football, and he cites the very reasons why families across America are choosing to bypass youth football - fears about safety.
"We don't want them to play in our household right now until they understand how physical and how demanding the game is. Then they can have their choice in high school, we'll talk over it," LeBron said. "But right now there's no need for it. There's enough sports they can play. They play basketball, they play soccer, they play everything else but football and hockey."
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Clarifying why he doesn't want his children to play football so early in their lives, LeBron admits that as a parent he wants to protect his children from harm and make sure they only play football when they fully understand the safety worries of the sport.
"It's a safety thing," James continued. "As a parent you protect your kids as much as possible. I don't think I'm the only one that's not allowing his kids to play football, it's just that I'm LeBron James and it gets put in the headlines for no reason."
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