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Despite Concerns of Concussions, Youth Football League Opens With Full Roster

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The pads will be cracking and the parents will be shouting this weekend as St. Louis’ Junior Football League plays its pre-season games.

Despite all the recent concerns about concussions, the league will open with full rosters.

Head Coach Kevin Lane says the league has seen an increase in sign-ups, including for his 8-year-old City Rec Jr. Rams team, which has had to split its 46 players into two teams.

Lane tells KMOX parents are concerned about concussions, but are comforted by the fact that the coaches are, too.

“The parents get to see that we point out to the kids so they know you don’t touch the head area, you don’t duck your head,” he says. “The parents feel a little more relaxed.”

Lane says in their pre-season coaches meeting league officials said that they will be looking very closely at helmet to helmet hits.

The JFL opens its preseason weekend tonight at the Wohl Center at Kingshighway and MLK.

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