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Several sports deemed "low risk" by the state were allowed to resume play Monday, though with enforcement of added guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A local sports facility better known for winter sports is also reopening, but on a limited and restricted basis.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As a means to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, youth teams competing in the New York State Amatuer Hockey Association state tournaments at three Western New York venues this weekend will still be able to play, but not in front of any fans including family members.

Two prominent Republican lawmakers in Niagara County are critical of a bill in the State Legislature that would ban tackle football for players under the age of 12.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A newly-released report about youth sports participation in Western New York shows a lack of physical activity by many young people. But it also offers ideas on how to get kids more interested and involved with sports. It begins with a question for the children: "What do YOU want?"

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The Erie County Legislature approved a local law Thursday which aims to  prevent concussions in youth sports. Though a near-majority passed the measure, the lone opponent sparked a passionate debate.

A lot of sports for young people could be very different in the near future, with a county concussion training mandate expected to come down as early as next week.

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Factions in the Erie County Legislature are arguing over how to do something about the problem of sports concussions among young people.

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It’s that time of year when public pools all around the city are filled with water and plenty of Buffalonians eager to cool off and splash around. Throughout the year, a pool at the William-Emslie YMCA is home to a club built around swimming, and it’s challenging some alarming trends amongst minorities.

Concussions are a known risk for athletes involved in contact sports.  With youth athletes becoming faster and stronger, head injuries such as concussions are becoming more common... and more severe.   Doctors are becoming more aware of the long-term effects of concussions but say more work must be done to further understand them and what connections may exist to other symptoms including depression, headaches and other physical problems.