Head injuries are quite common and occur regularly in all contact sports. Concussions, from brain injuries can cause long term effects and can lead to dementia. Too many concussions occur in high school athletes that participate in contact sports. One may suggest that contact sports should be banned from all high schools. Non contact sports should become a part of the physical education curriculum so that young adults should not have to suffer the consequences from head injuries in contact sports.
There are a large number of dangerous contact sports that athletes participate in today. Examples of the most common contact sports include: football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, field hockey, and lacrosse. Research suggests that these
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Firstly one factor that parents should be aware of is the increased risk and regular amount of injuries, and in some serious cases can lead to death. For example, second impact syndrome occurs when a participant returns to his or her sport too early after suffering from a concussion and will obtain another concussion. This often causes fatal effects. When playing contact sports several concussions go undetected due to the difficulty in diagnosing whether it has healed or not. A concussion is when someone recives a blow to the head, face, jaw or any quick movment that would injure the brain stem or cause bruising on the brain. Even though death from sports injuries is rare, it has been proven that most death related injuries have been linked to contact sports. Secondly another issue that parents need to be aware of is the increased in violence and aggression that is very common in contact sports. Athletes sometimes resort to violence, in hopes of injuring and intimidating the opponent. Participants are often rewarded for being aggressive and violent on the sporting field. This can lead to aggression and violence off the sporting field also. This level of violence can send a message to children that it is okay to hurt others when something is not going their way, just because it is acceptable on the sports field. Becoming violent off the sporting field can result in the child not