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Doctor: No Tackling Before Age 14

October 1, 2012 by  

Doctor: No Tackling Before Age 14
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According to Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon at Emerson Hospital in Massachusetts and author of the new book Concussion and Our Kids, no child younger than 14 should engage in rough activities. Doing so could result in a concussion and damage to the brain.

Cantu thinks it might be a good idea for kids to wait until graduating high school before participating in full-contact sports, such as football or hockey.

“If kids don’t have axillary (underarm) or pubic hair, they aren’t ready to play,” Cantu said. “And I have absolutely no problem with parents who want to hold a child out for longer, say 16 or 18.”

Cantu says it has to do with the size of the head in comparison to the strength of the neck.

“Our youngsters have big heads on very weak necks and that combination sets up the brain for greater injury,” he notes.

Cantu is aware of the common rebuttal: Kids who want to be competitive in sports have to start early. But the neurosurgeon says that such arguments are simply not true.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    WELL, THIS ARTICLE HAS RACE- AND ECONOMIC ISSUES.

    MANY FOURTEEN-YEAR OLDS ARE IN EIGHTH- OR NINTH GRADE. ASIAN AND CAUCASIAN MALES MAY NOT HAVE REACHED PUBERTY, BUT, NEGRO MALES REACHED IT BETWEEN AGES SEVEN AND TEN. MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOLS HAVE “CONTACT” SPORTS – AND, THEY ARE A “BIG DEAL” IN INNER-CITIES. SO, OBVIOUSLY, Robert Cantu, MD, IS REFERRING TO ASIAN [Oriental]- AND CAUCASIAN CHILDREN.

    Dr. Cantu SHOULD HOPE HE IS NOT “RUN-OUT-OF-TOWN” BY SPORTS RECRUITERS WHO DEPEND ON THE TRAINING OF CHILD-ATHLETES. Dr. Cantu HAS “STUCK HIS NOSE” IN SOME “BIG BOYS BIG TIME MONEY AFFAIRS.”

  • GiveMeLiberty

    BULL#$^T! Yes, repeated head injuries are not healthly but lets not live in a frigging sterile vacuum either! This goes deeper than our health I’m sure….it’s just more crap from the progressives to femanize males! Boys become men by playing such contact sports…it replaced mammoth hunting!

  • Patriot1776

    After 120 years of American football and all of the thousands, maybe millions of kids that have played in recreational league sports, this nanny doctor thinks it may be bad for kids?

    • eddie47d

      Dr Cantu is absolutely right about the increase in brain injuries in younger and younger kids in the field of sports. Its in the news every week although mostly high school kids. He is only pointing out a reality and urging parents to evaluate the abilities of their kids. Heck my 3 year old grandson wants to play baseball,football ,soccer and any other sport he can think of. Proper training of each age group by good coaches should lessen the injury rate. Unfortunately most coaches want to win and don’t worry about the collateral damage from the hard hitting of young bodies. Its different than young kids wrestling with their buddies or playing a friendly game of football at the local park. Team sports can be wicked and is a different animal. Look at all the injuries on professional sports teams where players are fully developed. Then look at young players who may not have the proper neck strength?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “eddie47d,”

        SIR, THIS ARTICLE WOULD NOT EXIST IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR SOME HIGH-PROFILE CASES OF CONCUSSION IN THE National Football League.

        DOCTORS ARE DESPERATE FOR MONEY. PERIOD.

      • GiveMeLiberty

        Hey comrade eddie47d…just picture my concussion plagued cranium going ‘left to right, then right to left’ in full disagreement with your position as usual.

      • eddie47d

        Then you obviously have massive head swelling and brain damage!

  • RivahMitch

    Figures that a “Doctor” in Massoftaxits won’t be happy until he turns all our little boys into little girls. Then they’ll grow up to be docile and easily managed by their bureaucratic “betters”. Why not just put all boys on soma (as predicted in “Brave New World”) while you’re at it? Who decides what’s a “rough activity”? How about climbing trees, or wrestling (as most boys do)? Let’s create a life not worth living for our kids so they’ll grow up to be true sheeple!

  • http://n.a. mort_f

    Sixty years ago, New York State prohibited under 16 from playing high school football. Those who loved to play the game played two-hand touch in the parks. No tackling, but definitely there was contact. Perhaps there were wiser heads at that time. Wrestling, soccer, handball, basketball, etc. were allowed. The sports that did not require ‘protective’ gear. Sadly most of those ‘recreational league’ sports have become farm team nurserys for the gratification of parents.

    • GiveMeLiberty

      mort_f….the state you call out says it all (Peoples Republic of NY)

  • Tom T

    How much do you wanna bet this guy has had his lunch money taken away on more than one occasion! I was playing Pop Warner league and racing motocross in AMA jr series at the same time at that age! This is the wussification of our youth plain and simple.

  • Nancy in Nebraska

    Well, if you really want to speak the truth, football causes concussions and brain damage in ALL age groups!

  • Ky ATC

    Dr Cantu is a well known and respected doctor in sports medicine. He has overseen thousands of studies and written thousands of articles on various sports related topics. For him to come out and say this truly surprises me. I think there is more to the original article than this one suggests. The original article is probably four or five pages long and explains each statement in detail. To give you an idea, the original publication was probably written about five years ago and has just now trickled to here. I work in sports medicine with some of the top concussion people in the nation. I have never heard of this.

    • TML

      Well, the short article does mention that is comes from a new book called “Concussion and Our Kids” authored by Dr. Cantu.

      I think a suggestion by such a well-known and respected doctor in the industry should be well considered. After all, this is just a doctor’s recommendation and not any kind of effort to change laws, from what I can see.

      There’s also the idea that some children are ‘tougher’ than others. I’ve seen 12 year olds as big as myself playing football, and I’ve seen short skinny 13 year olds playing. Coming from a doctor, it should be seen for what it is… a doctor recommendation at parent discretion… and not some kind of political stance to be opposed.

  • E. Blake

    Why don’t we just put all our kids in bubbles and let them die a so miserable bored death.

  • Dhip

    Finally, someone has brought this to the fore. Not only is there too much emphasis put on sports in school, but parents are just as guilty. Yes, I participated in most athletics in high school, too small for college where I would have, given the opportunity. At early age, children’s brains need to develop, not to be in a state of repair off and on. Too much pressure on kids today to play football, in particular. Something is affecting kids abilities today. Maybe it is their genes, or could be drugs, or maybe brain damage from being josstled around. We are rearing too many meatheads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.fox.98892 Benjamin Fox

    My two twin grandsons play peewee football and glad they are, they learn about life, winning and losing and yes they keep score like it should be. I played football, basketball and base ball in grade school at 4’7″, high school varsity football and basketball at 4’11″, joined the Marine Corps and was the smallest Marine in the Corps, got out of bootcamp at 5’7″ and a 155 lbs and played Division Football and Basketball and Volleyball and was apart of many championship teams, continued to play sports until age 62 and enjoyed every minute of it. I’m not a sports nut but, it was good for the brain and for the body and you learn to live with defeats and with win’s, which is something many young people need to learn before they get out into the real world where you can make it if you work hard and go on welfare if you lose.

  • JimH

    Even if tackleing isn’t allowed in organized sports, You have to know kids getting together at a playground for a pickup game are going to play tackle football. It’s in kids nature to play rough.

  • gunner689AI

    the gvt. and the liberals have been trying to neuter our boys for decades. Now we a generation of obese couch potatoes who can’t put down the video game. 90 % of highschool seniors can’t pass a military entrance physical or PT test. It’s all part of the brave new world the progressives have planned for the downfall of America.

  • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

    As long as it is NOT enforced by legislation, I definately agree. It should be a well-informed family decision

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