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Doctor Makes Shocking Claim About Parents Who Let Their Children Play Football

A noted neuropathologist has done some groundbreaking work on the link between brain damage and the sport of football. CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a brain disease that’s caused by repetitive hits to the head. That can lead to all sorts of problems in the long run, and a number of former NFL players have come forward to share the difficulties they experienced after their playing days came to a close.

Dr. Bennet Omalu’s work was outlined in the 2015 film ‘Concussion,’ and he was portrayed by actor Will Smith. The film caused some major ripples through the football universe, and it helped to increase awareness of CTE and the dangers of playing football. As the Daily Mail shares, Omalu is back in the spotlight after sharing another opinion on the sport.

At a press talk in New York City, Omalu raised some major eyebrows with his latest claims. He was discussing the dangers of allowing children to play contact football, and he got his point across in eye-popping fashion.

“It is the definition of child abuse. Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child abuse,” he said. “If you play football, and if your child plays football, there is a 100 percent risk exposure. There is nothing like making football safer. That's a misnomer.”

While there has been a ton of talk about making the game safer by improvements in helmet technology, and limiting hits to the head, Omalu contends there’s no way to make repetitive blows to the head safer.

“That study out of Boston simply reaffirmed something we have always known, that there is nothing like a safe blow to the head,” he added.

Parents looking towards other sports as an alternative for their little ones should also be mindful of the others that Omalu calls attention to.

“The big six are rugby, (American) football, boxing, ice hockey, mixed martial arts and wrestling,” Omalu said.

As Omalu sees it, there’s no justification for allowing a child that’s too young to make their own decisions to play such a violent sport.

“The big question is in 2017, knowing what we know today, why would we continue to intentionally damage the brains of our children? We would not let a child smoke a cigarette but we would rather send a child to the field of rugby or football to suffer a concussion of the brain,” he said. “What's more dangerous? A cigarette or a concussion of the brain?”

Source: Daily Mail
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