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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Fourteen 10- and 11-year-olds from the Peters Township Indians White team gathered under cover for their final practice last week, chased indoors Thursday by rain and sodden football fields.

The youngsters were practicing plays and more for about an hour before finishing with a routine one-on-one drill on tackling fundamentals. Routine as long as no one got a concussion during the final drill again.

One player from the White team -- the Peters Township Junior Football Association's age-group squads are named after the Washington County school district's colors -- has been sidelined for the season's opening three games because of a concussion.

Another, 10-year-old Nick Young, has missed five consecutive games: Three already this year because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and the final two last season because of a concussion.

Rick Young watched Nick, his son, miss those final two games of 2009 -- amid e-mails from the coach pleading, "Can he play this weekend?" -- and then endure two months of concussion-induced emotional and academic turbulence in the fourth grade. That experience motivated Dr. Young, a podiatrist, to become an at-large board member and safeguard the association's 225 young brains.

Parents, players, organizers and regulators are becoming aware of a widespread problem that doesn't belong solely to NFL Sundays. Concussions happen during youth football and college Saturdays, high school Friday nights, and practices all days, down to tykes of 6.

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