This photo and the slow motion photo of Lindsay Von say it all. Play hard may mean fall and get hit hard. Know the risks before you decide what sports your kids should participate in. If head injuries are high on the list of risks I redirect kids to equally exciting but “head smart” sports. JESleeth


big-hitSome 100 million Americans will sit down to watch what they call the “greatest show on earth” this weekend – with the very future of a beloved sport apparently in doubt.

The Super Bowl is the showpiece of American Football – last year’s game was the most watched television programme in American history – but a dark shadow looms over the sport.

There is growing evidence that head injuries suffered on the field could be contributing to long-term damage among former players.

Researchers say head trauma from concussions can lead to a degenerative disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), resulting in depression and other psychological effects.

via American Football: Fears Over Player Safety.

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