In our continuing efforts to provide the safest playing environment for our young athletes, and in light of developing concussion research, Pop Warner became the first youth football organization to officially limit contact during practices. The changes can be found in the Official Pop Warner Rule Book and are a result of the advice of our Medical Advisory Board and the direct input of Pop Warner regional and local administrators and coaches.
Pop Warner Safety
In Pop Warner Football, there is “an absence of catastrophic head and neck injuries and disruptive joint injuries found at higher levels.” The injury rate in Pop Warner Football is: less than one-third the injury rate in high school football (AND) less than one-fifth the injury rate in college football (AND) less than one-ninth the injury rate in professional football.
Furthermore, Pop Warner’s age-weight schematic protects younger, lighter players, who do not have higher injury rates.