Concussing Our Kids, One Hit At a Time

While pro sports finally fess up to the dangers of high-impact athletics, trainers, coaches, parents and lawmakers struggle to curb head injuries that are even more dangerous for kids.

However, the 16-year-old, like his older sister, has suffered multiple concussions. Micky, mindful of her son's dream as well as his long-term health, says it will be a "difficult decision" to pull Zachary from soccer if he receives another head injury.

"He's aggressive out there. He plays a lot like [Natasha]. It's very scary for me," says Micky, who adds that an incident that she and her daughter witnessed at the Texas state Capitol has contributed to her fears.

After Natasha's initial testimony in front of the House of Representatives in Austin, she and her parents sat in a rotunda with former football players Robert Jones and N.D. Kalu. Jones won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys, while Kalu played ball at Rice University before embarking on a 12-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

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As the Helmicks engaged in idle chitchat with the group, they noticed that something just wasn't right mentally with these hulking athletes who had suffered countless concussions during their playing careers.

"When we left there for the day," Micky says, "Natasha turned to me and said, 'Mom, I could really tell. I hope I'm not that way when I'm their age.'"

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Vitaldifferenceutah
Vitaldifferenceutah

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Terrycart
Terrycart

So, this article show us kids stop doing too much sports exercise. Is that right?

ron
ron

when you you stop this drivil enough is enough damn kids get hurt playing in the dirt soooo football is contact sports or we could say do the fluff dance but you might break a nail. so in my opinion shut the hell up already.

bb
bb

I don't understand why parents encourage their kids to play in contact sports where risk of concussions and other serious injuries is very high. With school budgets cut to the bone it seems, as usual, the college farm teams (high school sports) are rarely impacted. The cost of busing kids to sporting events, equipment, maintenance of sports facilities, coaching staffs etc. is money that could be spent educating students in preparation for going to college on academic merit, or entering the local workforce. A fraction of 1% of high school students playing sports actual go on to earn a living playing their sport(s). However, most if not all injured playing high school sports carry those injuries for the rest of their life.Yea, I know the arguments on childhood obesity and teaching discipline, but at what cost. Get back to basics of teaching PE (Physical Education) and calisthenics.The high-risk sports should be outsourced to leagues and associations outside the school system similar to the way sports are played in elementary school. (Pop Warner, Little League Baseball etc.)Junior high and high schools should get out of the farm team business.

Ronb77
Ronb77

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Joe
Joe

my son plays football and I have him in a 300+ plus helmet. I get alot of crap because of it but guess what, those who put their kid in those sub 100 water coolers should not be allow to complain when then get their bell gets rung..or better yet..those should not be allowed out on the field. If you can pay to protect your kids head...get the f ck off the field...your child is more important.

CR
CR

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year. Out of this figure, about 235,000 are hospitalized and 50,000 die, according to the CDC."

What's sad is that after a certain age the majority of these young kids will grow out of these sports (as with alcohol and other drug abuse) but the damage can last a lifetime.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Do the Kids and Parents want to be stars and see stars ? Or not play at all ?

Their choice .

iblobar
iblobar

I think alot of these gung-ho coachs are to blame...mostly the football coachs. Refs have got to do a better job and throw out these agressive dogs that bite....

Roger
Roger

A freak accidental kick to the head derailed my daughters college volleyball career last season. She was not only out of sports, but out of school from last September until July when she went back for Summer 2 classes, she still has some ill affects from the concussion.

Mark Picot
Mark Picot

Concussions not only originate from head contact. Preliminary data supports the use of an orthotic oral appliance designed to prevent the boxers "Glass jaw". In cases of post orthodontics or where temporal mandibular joint dysfunction and concussion history exist, these corrective mouth guards offer more protection than common boil and bite or common custom made tooth protectors. Dr. Bill Burkhart, team dentist for the University of Texas is certified in the protocol to make these adaptive mouth guards.The U.S. Army is moving forward with a research initiative based on the date linked. www.mahercor.com

Study link peer reviewed by a Harvard MGH specialist

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...

Tyler
Tyler

Play it safe is the App

 
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