Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
The youngsters are the ones that I am most concerned with. CTE has already been shown to occur in those individuals that have not carried ANY history of formal concussion. The brain continually clangs around inside the skull with any activities resulting in any forceful contact sports.......even those never involving head contact.
In an other thread on this subject, I spoke to the very real differences between the child's brain and that of the adult, and how it's stage of development makes is very much more susceptible early on to very bad long-term consequences.
Here is an excellent article addressing the CTE issue as relates to our youth. Why Do We Let Kids Play Tackle Football?
Up until college, parents are making the decisions that involve the potential risks and fate of their children. It could be debatable if they should carry this burden, or even be allowed the choice once the evidence is so overwhelming. We already have confirmed CTE in college and even high school football players (17 and 18 year olds).
That's even more frightening. I knew there were cases of it happening in high school and college but did not know it could occur when the head isn't in direct contact with something or somebody else.