I am fine with the news of removing the tackle function from youth football games and practice. Our youth are too cute and precious to risk their health and longevity. What is your feeling about this?
We all know by now that a helmet does not prevent concussion; because, it is the shaking of the brain inside the skull which causes a concussion.
Therefore, there are many other types of sports, activities of daily life and accidents that cause concussion, on, as well as off, the playing field. How many of us have been seriously hurt and not gone to the doctor for a checkup? How do you know if you are seriously hurt without a checkup?
With that in mind, how long until heading the ball is removed from the game of soccer? What about boxing? Football is not the sport with the highest rating of concussion; but, football players do have a high rate of contact which will shake the brain. Do I have you thinking, yet? Are you able to think straight?
Find your baseline to know if you have been seriously hurt enough for a follow-up with your medical professional. Your athletic trainer on the sidelines is your first line of defense when playing organized sports; so, please, pay attention and do what they suggest. Your life as well as their profession are on the line.
When, if at all, do we introduce tackle, heading and contact in sports? The brain is not fully developed until the age of about 25 years.
Are you still on the fence? Please be sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones; because, you only get one body with one chance at longevity.
Best of health to you and good-bye for now.
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