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Concussions Can Occur in All Youth Sports

Recent attention to long-term brain damage linked to multiple concussions among professional football players has prompted a much closer look at how children and adolescents who participate in sports can be protected from similar consequences. And with good reason.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

There are always certain risks in life.  Removing those risks completely (like padding the base of a jungle gym) makes the child less resilient.  That being said, contact sports using helmets, like football and lacrosse, should be avoided before age 14.  Likewise heading in soccer should also be outlawed until after that age.


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