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Study demonstrates dangers to young football players

Blows to the head, even if they are relatively minor, can cause greater brain damage than you might realize — especially in a young child. Mild brain trauma is often more severe than it seems, and many of the effects can last up to a year if a fully grown, healthy adult receives a brain injury.

However, for children, mild brain injuries from a blow to the head can cause more long-lasting issues, only some of which are now coming to light. Recently, a study concluded that children who play tackle football before the age of 12 and continue to play until they finish high school often experience lasting effects well into adulthood.

Parents have a responsibility to help their child make healthy choices and remain safe from unnecessary harm. Some voices in the medical research community believe that this may mean reconsidering when is an appropriate age for a child to play tackle football.

If your child suffers a brain injury, whether it is from a contact sport like football, or from some other accident, such as a car wreck, you may have a long road ahead of you. It is not easy making sure that the child receives all of the medical care and ongoing treatment that he or she needs. Obtaining fair compensation is often a lengthy process that few parents have time to prioritize. Don't risk your child's long-term mental health by failing to seek out the help you need to protect your child's rights and seek compensation for his or her injuries.

Age makes a huge difference in brain injury recovery

One of the most distinct results of the study, undertaken by Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, is that children below the age of 12 are at significantly higher risk of long-term brain damage after blows to the head than older victims.

These results are rather astounding. The study, which surveyed football players at the junior high, high school, college, and professional levels found that children younger than 12 who played tackle football were twice as likely to face difficulty later on in life in areas like impulse control, empathy for others, and even some cognitive functions.

Not only that, but children younger than 12 who played tackle football were about three times as likely to struggle with chronic depression. Even for those children who did not continue to play football into high school and beyond, the risk of struggling with behavioral issues later in life increased.

Get the help you need to protect your child

When a child receives an injury, a parent must take great care to make sure that the child receives the medical attention and ongoing treatment he or she needs to recover and continue to grow.

Be sure that you have all the help you need to pursue fair compensation for your child's injuries, no matter how they occur.

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