Activist Says ‘Exposure Therapy’ Is the Key in Dealing with the Problem of Concussions and America’s Youth

Ken Reed, who is sports policy director for League of Fans and author of How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan, recently wrote a column for USA Today, where he point to the concept of  Exposure Therapy as being the key to dealing with the concussion issue as it relates to youth sports.

“We shake our heads in dismay at the growing number of research studies and scary stories about brain injuries in youth and high school sports,” he wrote. “And then we continue on as we always have, wishing this concussion problem had never surfaced, and hoping and praying it doesn’t become an issue for our athletic sons and daughters.

“So, what’s the cure for avoidance behavior? According to psychologists, the most common treatment is exposure therapy, which in lay terms basically means face the situation, accept it, and deal with it.

“Here’s the type of question we have to deal with: Am I voluntarily putting my child at unnecessary risk by allowing him (and in a few cases, her) to play football?”

Reed went on to cite research, which shows that kids should be held out of risky sports and well into the teen years.

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