Alabama Doctor Says It Is About Limiting Risk of Concussion, Not Eliminating Football

Dr. Sara Gould, of UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s of Alabama, has gone on record with an op-ed piece in the Birmingham News that society should look to limiting the risk of concussion, rather than eliminating football.

Dr. Gould notes in the article, basically, that the good that comes from participating in “sports,” outweighs the risk of concussion. However, should did express some concerns.2012-12-08 13.48.45

“We know some practices are dangerous (Oklahoma drills in pee-wee leagues, for instance),” she wrote.  “There are things that can be done to limit the risk of concussions while preserving all of the benefits of sports.  For example, the Seattle Seahawks implemented several techniques to try to make tackling safer.

“Another concept that needs to be studied further is at what age is it safe to begin tackling? Youth baseball had great success in implementing age restrictions on pitch counts and mandated rest days to prevent upper extremity injuries among young players.  Similarly, age restrictions for tackling and mandated limits on contact practices could be imposed in football to mitigate the risk of concussion.”

For the full article, visit: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/concussion_conversation_is_abo.html

 

 

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