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Monday, 13 February 2012 19:59

Concussion Experts Differ on Safety in Youth Sports

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Two of the top experts on sports-related concussions disagree on whether children less than 14 years old can safely play collision sports such as football.

Dr. Robert Cantu of Boston University believes athletes under 14 should not play tackle football, ice hockey and lacrosse unless rules are altered to reduce the danger of concussions and the impact of repeated hits to the head. He also questions whether to allow children to head the ball in soccer.

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina believes it is important for young athletes to learn how to safely handle contact at an early age and develop those skills against competition that is the same size and age.

Both doctors provide very valid points, What Do You Think? Read the entire article here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/02/12/3005253/concussion-experts-differ-on-safety.html#storylink=cpy

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