Should kids play tackle football before the age of 14?

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Should kids play tackle football before the age of 14?

Keyshawn Jones, Author

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There have been many discussions and arguments about whether kids should be able to participate in contact football before the age of fourteen. This has sparked controversy because of the disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is a progressive disease that really messes the victims brain. This comes from head trauma and football is the main sport that causes human beings going full force at one another, and sadly sometimes the head can be targeted and hit harder than what it can take. This disease can only be diagnosed after that person has passed away, but the symptoms stand clear. The symptoms could possibly be memory loss, confusion, personality changes, erratic behavior, etc.

 Furthermore, kids being exposed to this type of activity at such a young age can cause major brain problems at an earlier age. Some NFL players who have passed away have been diagnosed with CTE. An All-Time great who played for the San Diego Chargers shot himself in the chest at age 43 and killed himself. Later on it was found out that he had CTE in his brain. Another case is the Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster died at the age of 50 and he suffered from dementia and depression.

 Lastly, according to the American Medical Association, 110/111 former NFL players were diagnosed with CTE. That percent goes down depending on the level of football played. For instance, there were 7/8 Candian football players that were diagnosed, 48/53 for College football players, and 3/14 for players who stopped playing in high school. This is a very scary thing for the future of the sport because something so severe like this can be life-threatening. Parents have already began pulling their children from the sport because they fear for their future.