Thanks Jami, for bringing this very important issue to my attention, which I am sharing with my blog readers and friends, especially those of children paying any tackle sport. The stats re numbers, i.e. professional vs children, was indeed staggering. My youngest son still plays football, and has had a number of concussions, mild and worse, but do you think I can get him to consider the risk… of course not! I have to remain a fatalist, and hold onto the line I use so often, ‘we live until we die’, and it is up to as as adults to make those choices. But perhaps we have to be far more discerning when it comes to our children. Where I live, sport is such an integral part of life, and to not play sport in Australia especially as a child can almost mean no friends, the pressure to participate, regardless of the risk is very high. Anyway, enough rambling from me, thanks for sharing this one.
Those who read this site on a regular basis know that one of my pet subjects is that of concussions in our young people who play football. Well, today I came across an article in “Bloomberg Business” which further proves to suggest that exposing our children to full-contact football at an early age might not be in their best interests.
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