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  •  Thank you for thinking about the kids (2+ / 0-)
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    Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, Hey338Too

    and yes, the very real dangers of potential TBI should be of concern long before high school. Every fan and parent should see this story and video:

    Hard Hits, Hard Numbers:

    The First Study of Head Impacts in Youth Football

    In a groundbreaking study, researchers at Virginia Tech placed instrumented helmets on 7 and 8-year-old football players and collected data on more than 750 hits to the head over the course of a season.

    The findings provide the first quantitative assessment of the acceleration and risk that young brains are exposed to in youth football.

    Lead researcher, Stefan Duma, a professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been gathering data on head impacts among college players at Virginia Tech for nine seasons.  In his new study, he reports some head impacts in youth football equal in force to some of the bigger hits he sees at the college level. “Nobody expected to see hits of this magnitude,” says Duma.

    The study was conducted through the Center for Injury Biomechanics at Virginia Tech, the world’s largest laboratory for impact and injury research, with ongoing projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Transportation and NASA.

    (emphasis added)

    And it's not just the "big" hits that can cause brain damage --- other research shows that repetitive hits have a cumulative effect over time.

    And football is not the only sport where this is a concern.

    Learn more and find useful resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

    •  Excellent post, thank you! (0+ / 0-)

      Wish you would diary this

      Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

      by Hey338Too on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:36:13 AM PDT

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