As the effects of shocks become better understood, parents become increasingly confused when it is better to let their children begin contact sports.
A statement published online on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics provides new guidance,
- Children must be taught collision techniques before they start playing contact sports.
- There is no definitive evidence that younger children are at greater risk of receiving sports-related shocks.
- The evidence is indisputable as to whether multiple childhood disorders are associated with long-term neurological changes.
- Technology that measures head exposure and sophisticated brain imaging techniques are both experimental and not ready for use.
- Helmets should be worn in high impact sports, although there is little or no evidence that hats prevent rush and rush football.
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The long-term impact of the many turmoil in youth sports remains an open question.
"Parents Worry" Is One Concussion For My Child That Will Cause Him To Have Dementia At 50? "Said the lead author, Dr. Frederick Rivara, to The AP. "And the data is pretty clear that the answer is no."
Pediatric experts in the field of sports medicine, neurology and related fields have evaluated and evaluated three decades of research related to sports concussion.
There is no evidence that there has been a real increase, even if there is more awareness of the potential dangers of concussion, said Dr. Cynthia Labella, a member of the group at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.
"The last thing we want to say to children should not be active," says Rivara, a pediatrician and injury prevention researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. .
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