Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs and Sex Threaten Your Child’s Health – Football and Other Violent Contact Sports May Be Added To The List – Brain Damage Found in Young Athletes by Mayo Clinic
By Kevin Earl Wood
Bay Community News
Panama City, Florida
December 9, 2015, Updated December 10, 2015
The new buzzword for parents this Christmas Season is CTE -Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
The must see movie of the season is “Concussion“, starring Will Smith, that will address the truth of CTE and the threat it poses not only to professional football players in the National Football League (NFL), but critically so as a threat to our children who are negligently allowed by parents to play violent contact sports such as football, boxing, etc.
On December 1, 2015 the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, issued a press release reporting that they have found that 1 in 3 (32%) individuals out of the 66 brains studied from the Mayo Clinic Brain Bank who played contact sports as a child developed CTE damage to their brains and was a “pathology that had gone previously unrecognized.”
To the contrary, in a study of 198 brains of persons who did not have a history of playing contact sports in their youth, none of the 198 brains showed any evidence of CTE.
The following two YouTube videos emphasize the violence of football and the threat of concussion and repetitive brain trauma from helmet hits and helmets smashing against the ground
The movie “Concussion” will hit movie theaters on Christmas Day, 2014, a must see for all parents who have minor children who are, or may be, playing football or other violent contact sports. Seeing the movie could be the best present that our children could receive this Christmas.
Will Smith plays the part of Dr. Bennett Omalu a Nigerian born pathologist who moved to America, the land of the free.
Dr. Omalu is the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, Calif. and an associate clinical professor of pathology at the University of California.
Dr. Omalu is credited with discovering CTE in the brains of deceased NFL football players.
The movie Concussion is based on a September 14, 2009 GQ investigative article by GQ Magazine written by Jeanne Marie Laskas entitled “Game Brain” that is a must read for all parents who have, or intend to have, their children playing football or other violent contact sports. The GQ investigative story can be found at this link:
Two days ago, December 7, 2015, the New York Times published a riveting story contributed by Dr. Omalu himself frankly to the point entitled, “Don’t Let Your Kids Play Football” that details the reasons why. The story can be found at:
The NFL is currently facing a billion dollar lawsuit by multitudes of former NFL football players alleging the NFL withheld from players the truth about the risk of traumatic brain injuries as did the tobacco giants by withholding evidence from millions of citizens that the threat of smoking posed to peoples’ health and lives.
New York Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall framed the problem identified in the lawsuit as:
“When you get into football, you think about hurting your knees, your back, even your neck. But your brain, man, no. We didn’t think about that. I didn’t sign up for that.”
Bay Community News has made a public records request to Bay District Schools, Panama City, Florida, requesting copies of statistical records on injuries to children in their sports programs. Their public information officer, Karen Lee Tucker, responded:
“Kevin – We have no reports or documents that contain the information you requested.”
Every school system should maintain statistical records on injuries to children in school sports programs. For Bay County not to do so is outrageous.
Children are prohibited under law to smoke, drink, have sex, etc. until they reach 18, or in some states 21. For a parent to condone this would be child abuse, neglect and endangerment. The same age limit should be placed on violent contact sports and most prominently, football.
For parents to allow children to play violent contact sports should be added to the elements of child abuse defined as parent negligence that, “results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.”
Churches should be banding together to educate parents and children in their flock and, of course, encourage parents and their football age children to see the movie “Concussion” and read the GQ article referenced earlier in this story.
Football fans thrive on violence, including some Christians, as a basic human characteristic that like any other sin, such as sexual or other addictions, needs to be overcome.
If the NFL changed to a “flag football” league that prohibited violent body contact and tackles, the NFL would die and no longer be the billion dollar empire that it is today.
Josh Haywood wrote an article that showed how coaches encourage their players to be violent with the goal of injuring and disabling targeted opponents on the other team with the sole purpose of getting the opposing player medically removed from the game due to injuries:
Parents should give their loved ones, including their children, the best Christmas present ever that could affect the rest of their lives and go see Concussion as a family outing on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.
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