The Silent Killer Affecting America's Favorite Sport

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Dan Smith here again. As you know from my last guest email, my family and I are avid football fans. My wife, Jacque is a Pittsburgh  fan, while my dad and I root for the Green Bay .

But recent studies and the birth of our now 1-year-old son, Trey, has Jacque and I reconsidering a question that several years ago, we would never have thought to reconsider: Will we let our son play football? 

If you would have asked me a few years back, I would have absolutely encouraged my son to play football. However, recent information shows that playing football can lead to very severe head injuries.


Football players experience multiple head injuries throughout their career and repetitive brain trauma can lead to subdural hematoma - a brain bleed. Although helmets protect the skull from fractures, there isn’t much to protect the brain – which floats in a cushion of water. When there is severe impact to the head, the brain slams into the walls of your skull. Side effects can include depression, slurred speech, suicidal thoughts, headaches, changes in personality, and more.


Besides the serious effects, the most dangerous aspect of head injuries is that sometimes they don't show up on scans or images. Multiple mini head injuries can be a silent killer.


Will I encourage my son to play football? It depends. Right now, the risks are too dangerous. We need more studies on the subject, better equipment, and better rules to protect players.


Perhaps when Trey is older football will be less dangerous. For now, my family remains loyal Packers and Steelers fans, and just like many other families, we will need to make some decisions about this as new medical information emerges.


P.S. Wade's personal injury book Sharing the Secrets, Learning the Lies has arrived from the publisher. If you would like a copy, click here and we will mail it to you. 




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