Dr. David Davis talked to Channel 4 about the dangers our youngest football players face.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new Pop Warner football rule is now in effect to keep kids who suffer concussions from returning to play too soon.
Many parents are wondering why the rule wasn't already in place. The Pop Warner Youth Football league said it is changing the rules to make sure kids are safe.
"A lot of times, the kids will say, 'Put me back in coach. I'm fine.' But you can tell they aren't quite themselves," local Pop Warner President Tony Martin said.
The new rule is that kids have to have a doctor's note before they can get back in the game. Martin said his teams have been doing that on their own already, but the league made the rule official Thursday.
Dr. David Davis, of Memorial Hospital, said it’s a critical decision.
"With second impact syndrome, there is a chance of fatality," Davis said. "So you really want to make sure you get better before you get back in the game."