Making Kids' Sports Safer

So, the kids are not NFL athletes, and I think we need to-- Their bodies are different. So even with hockey, we know that the way an adult can handle a hit in playing hockey is not the same way as a child. So I think in--in Canada they've changed the rules of Peewee Hockey, so to speak, so certain kinds of hits are just not allowed. I think head-to-head hits in Peewee Football, so to speak, shouldn't be allowed. I don't think you need to have somebody, basically, in a 3-point stance where they're running out from a line with their head first. If you're a big guy--you know--and this is what you're doing for a living, and you know the risks of what you're doing, and you're cognizant of that, it's different than having a 10-year-old do this. So I think there are ways in which football could be made safer. I think--you know--in some sports it's--I think it's blatant fouls in basketball. You know--they should throw them out, okay. Anybody who blatantly takes somebody down should be suspended. You need to have punishment as a way of controlling behavior. I think--you know--I think there are ways to do this to make these things safer, and just by changing the rules.

Blatant hits and fouls are not necessary in kids' sports; rule changes could make sports safer.

Wayne Gordon

Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, is the Jack Nash Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and associate director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a neuropsychologist and the director of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center.

Posted on BrainLine March 15, 2011.

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