Kids shouldn’t be permitted to experience contact sports, warns concussion expert

Friday August 11, 2017

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With National football league pre-season games going ahead, concerns over concussions — as well as their lengthy-term effects on players — is more severe than ever before based on irrefutable proof detailed inside a study recently.

It reveals after analyzing brains of 111 deceased sportsmen, basically one demonstrated indications of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE.” The degenerative brain disease, brought on by repeated mind hit, is marked by loss of memory, depression, as well as suicide.

Related: New study finds brain disease in just about all sportsmen tested

It could seem shocking, but it is not really a new thought for Dr. Bennet Omalu, author of Truth Does not Possess a Side. If his name heard this before, you might have seen him portrayed by Will Cruz within the Hollywood movie form of his story, Concussion.

‘There is no justifiable reason whatsoever why a young child younger than 18 should still play these games.’ – Dr. Bennet Omalu

The Nigerian-American forensic pathologist and neuropathologist discovered the problem and created the word CTE in 2002. He warns CTE is just one condition of the very broad spectrum of illnesses following blows towards the mind.

“If your little one plays these high-impact, high contact, coalition sports and receives repeated blows towards the mind … your son or daughter is more prone to die before age 42 through violent means,” Dr. Omalu tells The Present‘s host Megan Williams.

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis known as the most recent medical set of brain injuries from football “alarming,” but added it wouldn’t stop him, or his two sons, from playing the game. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

He adds that the child has about 2 to 4 occasions elevated chance of destruction or struggling with a significant psychological illness, including depressive disorder, by playing harmful contact sports.

“Understanding what we all know today, there is no justifiable reason whatsoever why a young child younger than 18 should still play these games. These games are potentially harmful and really should remain for just adults.”

‘If you like your boy and daughter, why can you intentionally expose her or him to the chance of permanent brain damage.’ – Dr. Bennet Omalu 

Over 15 years ago, Dr. Omalu says he cautioned people from the risk contact with brain damage connected with playing contact sports. Nobody took in, but he believes physicians have to speak out.

“We’ve always known dating back to centuries that in whatever human activity whereby the mind is uncovered to repeated blows, there’s a really, high possibility of brain damage — otherwise 100 percent chance of brain damage.”

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Former Gambling Frank Wycheck accepts he likely has CTE after 11 years within the Nfl. (Mark Humphrey/Connected Press)

In society, Dr. Omalu argues, when a potential risk factor is identified that may harm children, preventative measures are taken. “We do not allow children to consume alcohol,” he highlights.

It’s unlikely the National football league will address this issue, based on Dr. Omalu, but he advises parents to consider a stand, saying, “the National football league isn’t there to safeguard your son or daughter for you personally.Inch

“It’s your duty being a parent to inquire about yourself that question: Will I love hockey greater than I really like my child? Will I love football greater than I really like my child?” Dr. Omalu implores.

“All parents loves their boy and daughter, if you love your boy and daughter, why can you intentionally expose her or him to the chance of permanent brain damage?”

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This segment was created through the Current’s Samira Mohyeddin and Howard Goldenthal.

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