The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new tackling guidelines last week to improve the safety of all youth football players on the field. The recommendations were compiled after an AAP committee reviewed 114 research studies.
It was the moment Tyler Carlson, 14, had been waiting for since he started playing football in 3rd grade. He was playing linebacker and runner back during his first varsity Northwestern High School football game. But during the game, he suffered a blow to the head that sent him reeling.