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    CTE. The Elephant in the Room.

    Should we allow kids to play sports that involve head collisions, when their brains are not fully developed.

    This young man shot himself in the heart, in order to save his brain, so that it could be determined whether or not he had CTE.
    His 24 year old brain showed that, yes he suffered from CTE.

    Late CTE sufferer to young athletes: ?I beg that you get help? | | USA Today High School Sports
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    I agree with the OP. This is a serious issue. I will go further and say that we should no longer allow full contact football, it's too risky. I love football, I was a pro boxer. Some of my very good friends got sick and eventually died early deaths. We didn't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilling View Post
    Should we allow kids to play sports that involve head collisions, when their brains are not fully developed.

    This young man shot himself in the heart, in order to save his brain, so that it could be determined whether or not he had CTE.
    His 24 year old brain showed that, yes he suffered from CTE.

    Late CTE sufferer to young athletes: ?I beg that you get help? | | USA Today High School Sports
    He's not the first to die that way.

    A very famous Hall of Fame football player did the same a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    He's not the first to die that way.

    A very famous Hall of Fame football player did the same a few years ago.
    A lot of people died that way. It mostly flies under the radar, because it wasn't a touchdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    A lot of people died that way. It mostly flies under the radar, because it wasn't a touchdown.
    When a fairly young, beloved, seemingly healthy, Hall of Famer does it, it makes news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    When a fairly young, beloved, seemingly healthy, Hall of Famer does it, it makes news.
    I never said it wouldn't, but how many other cases have you heard about?

    Pay closer attention.

    By the way, his name was Junior Seau.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    I never said it wouldn't, but how many other cases have you heard about?

    Pay closer attention.

    By the way, his name was Junior Seau.
    Yeah, I know, I was the one who remembered him and brought it up.

    As you said, there may have been MANY more cases, but it took the suicide of a high profile player to make many people aware.

    The good news is that the NFL is finally beginning to take the issue seriously.

    Why?

    Money.

    Lawsuits and long term health care.

    M O N E Y

    Pay attention.
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    With the tens of thousands or whatever the number is of people playing football each year I don't think this is all that big of an issue, certainly not something worth banning.

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    Should we outlaw swings on the playground? There have been death from falling off of these. Should we outlaw bicycle? Kids have died on these. How long should the list of things that we outlaw because a small number of deaths result be? Are we going to wrap children in bubble wrap we send them out for the day?
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