Real Dangers of Contact Sports to Children (Traumatic Brain Injuries, Concussions, and Other Injuries)

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Deaths occurring from school athletic sports may be rare but they happen more often than one would think. In fact, there have been four deaths of high school football players in this season alone. Reggie Garrett, 17-year-old senior of Texas, jogged off the field after throwing his second touchdown pass. After giving his coach a low-five Reggie collapsed, a little over an hour later he was declared dead. In August, an 18-year-old South Carolina player died during a scrimmage game. According to a deputy coroner, the teen had an undetectable heart defect. In September, in Orlando, Florida, a 15-year-old player collapsed during practic and died after being rushed to the hospital. Finally, a 16-year-old lineman from Chickasha, Oklahoma died after collapsing on the field three days earlier.

List of the most dangerous games:
– Football. Among high school sports, football is the most dangerous. In 2009, 3 players were killed as a direct result from hits taken during a game or practice. Fifteen other players died as from indirect causes, such as an underlying medical condition or heat stroke.
– Wrestling.
– Boys Soccer.
– Girls Soccer.
– Girls Basketball.
If you would like to read more on this topic please see High contact sports can be deadly to children and teens.

In order to prevent children involved in contact sports from sustaining serious personal injuries, or being killed, parents and coaches need to educate themselves on the dangers, risks, and injuries associated with the sport. Sports are a great method of exercise and social interact for children and teenagers, but sporting activities can be inherently dangerous. As such, all reasonable safety precautions should be taken to prevent injuries, reduce the incidents of injuries, and to address or treat injuries when they take place.