CTE and sports: a continuing decision (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)

I have just watched a most interesting film called “Concussion” Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu the doctor who discovered the injury incurred by hitting heads in football. Ever since this began to be talked about I have been scorned by many football lovers who don’t want to believe there is a serious problem.

Having managed head injury cases in my time as a nurse I know how devastating they can be and understand why many who end up with this problem called CTE end up committing suicide.

I have frequently told football enthusiasts that we should go back to wearing the original helmets football used. When playing with these the players were not told to bang heads like the sport does now.

At least now those who choose to play football know the risks. I still do not approve of small children being taught to charge hitting heads together. They are not able to make a decision for themselves. The parents should but many won’t hoping to see their child go to college on a sports scholarship. Many they should switch to soccer. While there is some evidence that injury can occur it seems to be less of an issue.

Will Smith and Dr. Omalu

2 thoughts on “CTE and sports: a continuing decision (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)

  1. Im not a big football fan so I really didn’t realize how big of an issue this was. I do know though that if I had a child that played football I definitely would have a talk with him. I wouldn’t want my kid banging his head like that, my kid is worth a more than a scholarship.

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