TJ Lavin Reminds Us of Danger in Youth SportsMadeline Holler
Not all sports invite serious injury, but you have to wonder about the ones that do. BMX-er TJ Lavin is in a medically induced coma right now, after a series of serious injuries stemming from what was supposed to be MTV’s Challenge host’s last bike competition.
In addition to the coma, Lavin may have suffered brain injury. He also broke his arm, and shattered his wrist and eye socket.
Sports-related brain injuries of have been on the mind of , Katie Allison Granju recently. She wondered in her Home/Work blog whether she should allow her young son to play football.
The 7th-grader is pretty good at it — and sports in general — and he loves the game. But an injury at a recent game, which required a trip to the hospital, makes her think twice about allowing him to continue.
These rough sports are ones that capture kids’ interest at a young age. Though TJ Lavin is 33 years old, he’s been riding in BMX competitions — and getting injured in them — for decades.
Are these kinds of high-injury sports something we should discourage — or even prohibit — kids from becoming involved in? Do we need to change the rules to lessen the injury?
Did you — or do your kids — participate in organized activities that can lead to serious injury? Would you allow it?
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