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Would You Let Your Kids Play Football?

With Hall of Fame football player Junior Seau being the most recent former football player diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease connected to football, are you less likely to let you kid play football?

Its always been known that football, like any contact sport, has certain physical risks.

But more evidence is pointing to the risks going beyond broken bones and torn ligaments.

It was reported this week that Junior Seau, the Hall Fame linebacker, who committed suicide last summer suffered from degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Seau shot himself in the chest, as did former football player Dave Duerson in 2011. Duerson shot himself in the chest because he wanted his brain examined. It was later determined he suffered from CTE.

Earlier this week, the National Institute of Health launched a study of sports-related concussions among youth, amid concerns that the injuries may have contributed to the suicides of professional football players.

With the recent uptick it what appears to be football-related deaths, are you more hesitant to allow your kids to play football? Tell us in the comments section.

Michael Dixon January 15, 2013 at 07:18 PM
While the Junior Seau story is tragic and sad, it is not the norm for what happens in football. It certainly isnt happening to young kids playing as it is a cummulative type injury that occurs over time. Part of the answer is improving equipment but the real task is teaching youngsters how to play the game correctly with proper techniques. Injuries will always be a part of football and all sports. The issue needs to be adressed with youth coaching up through the NFL. Football is the ultimate team sports and has created success for many of young men, and not just those who made to NFL. It can be a vehicle out of a troubled neighborhood or help a kid get a college education that he never could have afforded without it. I hate hearing the Junior Seau story but lets use it to fix the problem not to say football is bad.
x January 23, 2013 at 04:16 PM
"Researchers said they hope to be able to predict risks of any given hit to the head. And not only in football but soccer, lacrosse and other sports . With the help of changes to the equipment or a change in the rules. Other researchers say there’s an individual component. About one-in 20 children has a specific gene that may increase risk of brain damage. So before they head off to the field, children should have a genetic test, which was expected to be available later in January. The test would give them and their families information about which sport to play and when to return to play after a head injury." http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/new-hi-tech-mouth-guard-could-unlock-mysteries-con/nTtxk/

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