Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Youth Football

I haven’t talked about football or CTE in a while, because frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. But it’s for the kids. New PSA warns against youth tackle football, compares it to smoking.

A young football player stares down his opponents. He hikes the ball. Then the coach passes him a cigarette, which his mother happily lights.

That’s the premise for a new PSA from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which wants parents to consider the long-term damage youth tackle football could inflict on their kids.

As I’ve said before, While I am not in favor of outlawing it, or anything, I don’t know why any parent would let their child play football.

3 thoughts on “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Youth Football

  1. I’ve looked into this subject over the last several months, maybe a year. The reality of CTE doesn’t correlate very well with the public buzz.

    I was never a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but I know the name of Merril Hoge who played for them as a running back for years, retiring from the Bears. After he had to retire from the league because of having two concussions in five weeks, he forgot about it and went about life. The he lost his friend, center Mike Webster, and started looking into concussion after effects. Eventually he partnered with a forensic neuropathologist about CTE, to put a book out, “Brainwashed, The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football.” I’ve since heard him interviewed a couple of times, including an hour long interview on Glenn Beck.

    In brief summary, as Hoge puts it, the hysteria is outrunning the facts. CTE is seen in the brains of all sorts of athletes, not just football players, and people with CTE can live a long life with no evidence of problems from it. Still, there is some correlation and concussions need to be treated properly. Bottom line is the forensic neuropathologist researched CTE for years before concluding he isn’t concerned enough about football and CTE to keep his son from playing football if he wants.

    You can read the intro here.

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    • Athletes and brain damage. You don’t need to have a concussion type hit to get brain damage. Think of the number of times heads/brains get rattled every game with 300+ pound linemen bounce off of each other. All that head rattling adds up like a boxer’s brain. How much damage might be caused each time a soccer player heads the ball?

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