Links for Parents and Loved Ones

Sending Your Kid to Football Camp? (share this with your local paper)

Sending Your Kid to Football Camp

STOP CTE When to See a Doctor:

http://stopcte.org/for-you/if-you-area-an-athlete/when-to-see-a-doctor/

Six Sentences That Every Parent Of A Football Player Should Read

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/football-child-subconcussive-hits_5644d543e4b045bf3dee2490

Concussion Doc: Don’t Let Your Kids Play Football

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/everything-kids/concussion-doc-dont-let-your-kids-play-football/

Concussion expert says extent of brain damage in youth football players ‘took my breath away’

https://thinkprogress.org/youth-football-concussion-crisis-f2fc701ca204#.i02348fx0

Is the end of football coming? This doctor says it can’t come fast enough.

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/10/end-football-coming-doctor-says-cant-come-fast-enough.html

No Football Tackles Before Age 14, Neurosurgeon Says

http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-news-now/2012/10/01/safety/no-football-tackles-before-age-14-neurosurgeon-says/

Game over for concussion debate: Column

www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/03/06/youth-sports-avoidance-behavior-column/24383229

Concussions Can Be More Likely In Practices Than In Games

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/04/404163873/concussions-are-most-likely-during-practice-in-high-school-and-college

School problems in children after concussions

And studies have certainly shown that a lack of energy, slower processing speed and impaired concentration can occur after concussions.

Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide

https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/brain-health-news-80/concussion-may-raise-odds-for-suicide-study-707817.html

Tackle Football is a War Game

http://footballandbraindamage.com/tackle-football-is-war-game/

Even Tiny Bumps To Your Brain Can Cause Trauma Over Time

And football helmets only protect against the big ones

http://www.popsci.com/even-tiny-bumps-your-brain-can-cause-trauma-over-time

The State of America’s Football Concussion Crisis [Charts]
http://www.business2community.com/sports/the-state-of-americas-football-concussion-crisis-charts-01327837#7y0CRRAm3lLW0UOi.99

How Can We Improve the Way Sports Handle Brain Injuries?

McKee_screenshot_PS_1Ann McKee, MD is the chief neuropathologist for the Framingham Heart Study and the Boston University-based Centenarian Study. She is also the chief neuropathologist for the Boston-based Veterans Administration Medical Centers and for the Sports Legacy Institute.

http://www.brainline.org/content/multimedia.php?id=4114

Study cites youth football for issues

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/12243012/ex-nfl-players-played-tackle-football-youth-more-likely-thinking-memory-problems

Is Football too Dangerous for School Kids?

http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/hp/news_update/&id=321069811#disqus_threadVis

Why not replace tackle programs with flag football?

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150615_Why_not_replace_tackle_programs_with_flag_football_.html

Head Injury Tied to Long Term Attention Issues in Kids

http://www.m.webmd.com/children/news/20150803/head-injury-tied-to-long-term-attention-issues-in-kids

A mother’s quest to take down youth tackle football

http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8109233/pop-warner-lawsuit-cte

Medical Ethics and School Football

1954: ‘No tackle football before high school’, say educators

Feb. 15, 1954, Lincoln Star NE, p.9
‘Boxing Has No Legitimate Place’
Elementary, Junior High Athletics Hit
By Clark Beach
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)–A commission of educators said Sunday elementary and junior high schools should have no “varsity” athletic teams, inter-school sports competition, leagues or tournaments.
Such activities are permissible for senior high schools, the commission said, but “boxing has no legitimate place in educational programs.” And it recommended the influence of gate receipts be reduced by paying athletic program costs out of general school funds.
The Educational Policies Commission of the National Education Association (NEA) and the Ammerican Association of School Administrators (AASA) reported it had found high-powered competition and commercialism typical of “big-time” sports and college athletics in sports programs of many elementary schools.
Adult organizations and business firms have promoted high-pressure sports for boys in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, the commission said.
The commission reported some of the sponsors mistakenly thought such programs were good for the boys and the community. Some, the commission reported, “are motivated by the desire to provide adult entertainment, to secure prestige or advertising for commercial enterprises, or to gain income from gate receipts.”
The report was presented at the annual convention of the AASA by the commission vice chairman, N.D. McCombs, superintendent of schools of Des Moines, Ia.
The commission’s report scored over-emphasis on athletics in both elementary schools and junior and senior high schools. At the same time the commission strongly endorsed athletic games, if properly conducted, as an important part of the school program.
What the commission termed athletic exploitation of boys from eight to 12 years drew its hottest fire.
“Practices resulting from such efforts are fairly widespread and appear to be on the increase,” it said, adding that it was “a problem of serious proportions.”
The commission said that high-pressure athletic competition for children is dangerous to their health and their emotional development.
Interscholastic competition should be permitted only in senior high schools,” said the report. “In elementary school and in junior high school there should be no ‘school team’ (in the varsity sense), no leagues, no tournaments, no afterschool championships.”
The commission also said that “children of elementary school age should not engage in boxing, ice hockey, tackle football or other sports involving serious risk of injury from body contact.”
“Although ice hockey and tackle football are permissible for boys in senior high schools, boxing has no legitimate place in educational programs. Injuries received from boxing are apt to be disfiguring, and damage to brain tissue from repeated blows may be cumulative and serious.”
In senior high schools, the commission found there was a overemphasis on the varsity team, to the detriment of a well-rounded athletic program in which all pupils could participate.
It found that teachers and coaches were often under pressure to compromise their standards in order to favor the athletes and win the games.
The schools’ need for gate receipts is a prime reason for the senior high school abuses, said the commission.
“To make as much money as possible, games are played at night during the week, and too many games are scheduled,” said the educators. “To prevent having to forgo income, games are played in bad weather. To attract spectators, games are scheduled with uneven opponents. To accommodate large crowds, fire and safety codes may be violated.”
The commission recommended that “the complete cost of the athletic program should be paid out of general school funds. If this were done, many of the problems that plague interscholastic athletics would disappear.
Girls’ athletics are being neglected, the commission said, because of the overemphasis of boys’ sports. All girls should engage in some athletic activities, it said, although warning against “any sport for girls which involve rough and tumble body contact or great likelihood of bodily injury,” such as boxing, wrestling and football.
It recommended more co-recreation sports in which girls and boys play together. For this is suggested swimming, tennis, badminton, archery and golf.

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