NY lawmakers consider ban on tackle football for children

NEW YORK (AP) — A former college football player suffering from early dementia is among those urging New York state legislators to ban tackle football for children under 12.

T.J. Abraham, a 42-year-old doctor, testified Tuesday at a state Assembly committee hearing in Manhattan. He talked about the brain damage that he says has destroyed his medical practice and everyday life.

The New York State Assembly’s health committee also heard doctors and other experts talk about a possible ban that lawmakers have yet to formalize.

The proposal follows a Boston University study reporting that children who play tackle football may develop cognitive, behavioral and mood problems.

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