Home Health Parents News Now Despite Head Injury Warnings, Kids Still Playing Football Despite Head Injury Warnings, Kids Still Playing Football By Holly Lebowitz Rossi September 03, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_144907057 30425 While many football parents can't help but worry when their kids play the sport – after all, you send your kid to battle in a helmet and full gladiator gear – there's no major indication parental fear is resulting in fewer kids playing, according to current statistics. Pop Warner, the largest and oldest youth football organization in the U.S., has seen the number of youth players – close to 250,000 – remain steady from 2011 to 2012, according to Josh Pruce, national director of media relations at Pop Warner headquarters in Langhorne, Penn. And Pruce says in the five years prior to 2012, there was a consistent, steady growth of 1 percent to 2 percent of players each year. Pruce says that he has seen an increase in questions and concerns about head injuries related to the sport. "It's something we hear from parents and coaches. But we tell them safety is Pop Warner's number one priority." Image: Young football player, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Despite Head Injury Warnings, Kids Still Playing Football Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.