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Yet Another Injury Forces Us to Question Youth Sports

eric legrand injury, rutgers player paralyzed

Is football just too dangerous?

Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand, has been paralyzed from the neck down after injuries sustained during a football game over the weekend. TJ Lavin, BMX biker and host of MTVs Challenge, was hospitalized and in a medically induced coma after serious injuries to his face and brain during a competition last week.

Football, BMX — and other sports like cheerleading, skateboarding, baseball and softball — have high risk of injury for its players. When those players are still-developing young children, we have to ask — if these sports can be life-threatening to grown men, are they simply too dangerous for kids.

Of course, we should distinguish between life-threateningly dangerous and ones that cause frequent muscle strains. This list of the seven most dangerous youth sports lists basketball as the most dangerous. Sure, kids shouldn’t be routinely busting up their knees and pulling their achilles tendon.

But that sports that are of real concern are ones leaving its players at risk for brain trauma and also spinal injuries. Sports like football and also cheerleading, which is regarded as the most dangerous of girls’ sports.

So again, I ask, are some sports simply too dangerous for kids?

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