Talking point: Should children under 14 be allowed to play contact sports?

13 Dec

13 December 2013

Children under 14 should not play contact sports [such as rugby], according to former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski, author and “global authority on concussion and head injuries in sport”.

He told Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live:

“We know that the brain is much more fragile when they’re young and we know that the damage can be much longer lasting and change their development and they never become the person they were supposed to; so my concuss doctor, who treated me, said no sport should have repetitive brain trauma and tolerate it before high school – 14 – and that’s something I agree with.”

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11 Responses to “Talking point: Should children under 14 be allowed to play contact sports?”

  1. Richard Fraser 13. Dec, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Twitter: Jackart ‏@VeryBritishDude “@Voicetheunion YES.”

  2. Richard Fraser 30. Oct, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    “Call to end scrums in youth rugby” (BBC)

  3. Richard Fraser 02. Mar, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    BBC News: “Doctors urge schools to ban tackling in rugby” and video also

  4. Richard Fraser 13. Feb, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    ‘Ban children under 10 heading footballs in Wales’

  5. Richard Fraser 18. May, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    New study on injuries

  6. Richard Fraser 26. Sep, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    Another call for tackling ban:

  7. Richard Fraser 24. Oct, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    “Wearing protective headgear in rugby may increase the risk of serious injury – new research” (The Conversation)

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