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Concussions in Youth Sports

Concussions in Youth Sports

football_american_textureA new Frontline documentary exploring the NFL’s concussion crisis premieres Tuesday night. League of Denial examines the impact concussion-related brain disease has had on former players, and what the National Football League is – or is not – doing about it.

As we learn more about concussions and their effects, more parents are choosing not to allow their kids to play contact sports. But here in Texas, high school football rules. Lots of kids also play soccer. And it’s not just contact sports – even cheerleaders face the potential for head injuries, thanks to ever more elaborate routines.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss concussions and other head injuries in youth sports, and welcome Houstonians’ thoughts about the physical activities our kids engage in. Should developments in research into CTE and other head injuries give us pause, even in a city and state that so passionately celebrates contact sports? What are some of the dangers of helmet-to-helmet contact in youth football? Is it time, in particular, to re-think high school football?

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →