Head Injuries A Big Concern For Athletes

15 November,2008 NCAA Ohio State vs Illinois Memorial Stadium, Urbana,IL - Michael Hoomanawanui of Illinois lands on his head after getting tackled by Kurt Coleman during the NCAA football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Illinois Illini at Memorial Stadium in Urbana, Illinois. Ohio State defeated the Illini 30-20. (Photo by Michael DiNovo/ASP/CSM Photo via Newscom

Neurologist Dr. Richard C. Senelick's recent article in The Huffington Post, Head Games and Youth Sports: Have We Gone Too Far?, is a timely piece emphasizing the growing anxiety over head trauma and brain injury to young developing athletes.

Dr. Senelick goes into some detail about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - a "result of multiple traumatic brain hits or concussions." It is a condition leading "to early dementia, depression and personality changes," not something anyone would want to set someone up for.

He highlights the issue using the NFL as his primary example (head trauma is common here), however, he raises his biggest concern over CTE and its complications with the "more than 3 million children playing football at the youth level and 1.2 million more playing high school football." And, as Dr. Senelick's piece indicates, these numbers do not include any of the other contact sports like soccer and hockey where head trauma is possible.

The article is filled with statistics and links to insightful information on the topic, as well as a section on "What Need[s] To Be Done," however, what made the biggest impact on me was a link to a youth football practice drill (below), and Dr. Senelick's reference to the comments underneath that video. 

 

Man, if that doesn't put this all in perspective I don't know what will. I encourage you to read Dr. Senelick's piece and go to the links he has available. 

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