USA Football’s campaign to reduce concussions in young football isn’t as effective as the statistics it originally cited.
The New York Times reported Wednesday USA Football, youth football’s national governing body, used preliminary numbers from a study that touted its Heads Up Football program reduced injuries by 76 percent and concussions by about 30 percent. But the study published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine last July showed the program only had a marginal impact on overall injuries and no discernible effect on the number of concussions.
“USA Football stands behind the independent peer-reviewed results of Heads Up Football’s efficacy published in medical journals as well as other third-party case studies regarding the effectiveness of the program,” USA Football said in a statement. “We are reviewing the New York Times article and will release a statement today.”