Letting Kids Play Football is Not Child Abuse.
Brooke de Lench

Thank you for your post.

This is my perspective, I am on the battlefield of all this, I treat sports kids after they have been hurt. I have been doing this for over 20 years. The worst of course, are those that can’t be “fixed or treated”. Those who only outlet has been their sports and social circles. Unfortunately, kids who have suffered concussions at an early age are the most difficult to work with, not because of them, but because of their parents. I have had many young athletes tell me over the years that their parents want to “hide their concussions”, and have parents try to tell me not to tell their athletic trainer. One of which, swore up and down (along with his parents) after having a concussion in a practice that I was covering, that he had never had suffered a previous concussion. Thanks to a youtube video we found footage of him at a tournament the year before laying still for over 2 minutes, losing all consciousness. His parents still swear it wasn’t a concussion, and we found out later, it was his 5th, he was only 13. I don’t know the answer to this very complex question, but I know the consequences. I hope that the youngest participants in martial arts, boxing, and contact sports to the head, can prolong the non-contact head contact time until skeletal maturity begins (which is around age 14 for most) . I hope that parents that hide or do not report prior head injuries and/or concussion face bigger consequences. And finally, I hope that we as a community can get back to playing a sport because of a passion, since passion is what keeps the pros playing healthy, not money or fame, but a love for the game. Just my two cents. Thank you.

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