Should Young Athletes Play Football

By Sage Davis

Young athletes should seriously think twice befor playing football.

Doctor omalu bennet stated that,“If a child who plays football is subjected to advanced radiological and neurocognitive studies during the season and several months after the season, there can be evidence of brain damage at the cellular level of brain functioning, even if there were no documented concussions or reported symptoms.”

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"As a parent, your duty is first and foremost to keep your children safe from bodily harm So if football is dangerous, shouldn’t you forbid your child to play the game? It’s a question many parents have wrestled with over the years since the game was first played, in 1869. There were concussions even in the initial decade in the history of the game. In fact, in 1905, there was a spate of 19 fatalities due to playing football. Appalled by these senseless deaths, President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to ban the game if changes weren’t instituted to make football safer."

I think personally that children should be given the time to fully develop and receive education regarding the risks of playing football, so that they can make their own decisions about participating in the sport.

As you can see playing football is a great risk so as i stated before you should as a young football player know that CTE, a form of tauopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repetitive brain trauma, including sub-concussive hits to the head that do not cause immediate symptoms.CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American football, association football, ice hockey, professional wrestling, stunt performing, bull riding, rodeo, and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma.