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"Coaches with the Southeast Polk Youth Football League in Des Moines said recent findings on brain damage linked to player-on-player hits have hurt numbers out here on the turf," KCCI-TV reports.
"To stop the shortages, league organizers are using alternatives like 'tackle rings' to reduce the risk."
Previously in concussions:
* Bob Probert's Broken Brain.
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