Bill would require doctor at NYC youth tackle football games

NEW YORK (AP) The New York City Council is considering legislation that would require a doctor to be present at all youth tackle football games to monitor possible concussions.

Bills debated Friday would also require a doctor or athletic trainer to be present at all full-contact practices.

Advocates say that if the measures pass, they would become the first such legislation in the nation.

They note the growing health concerns of concussions in the NFL and college football. They say youth players are even more vulnerable to brain injuries.

A representative of the Parks Department expressed concerns over the cost of the program and the manpower needed.

The bills also would create a task force to gather data on injuries.

A vote on the legislation has not been scheduled.