Doctors' Op-Ed: Benefits of Youth Football Outweigh Health Risks
A new argument has emerged over youth football and concussions.
Two neurosurgeons, Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Julian Bailes, are arguing that the benefits of contact sports, like youth football, outweigh the health risks associated with the sports.
Maroon and Bailes, who are both early researchers of concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), wrote an op-ed for The Washington Times, where they explained their stance.
"These sports make invaluable contributions to character development and future success of children by teaching them teamwork, discipline, self-control and triumph over adversity," Maroon and Bailes wrote."These years also provide some of the most precious and long-lasting memories parents make with their children. Organized sports are a bulwark against the very real health risks associated with childhood obesity such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiac disease."
Dr. Manny Alvarez said on "Outnumbered" today that he partially agrees with Maroon and Bailes.
"I partially agree with their editorial, because I do believe there's something about organized sports for kids and the exercise and things like that," Alvarez stated. "However, there's a truth to be told, impact sports, if you don't pay attention to how often it happens, ultimately you're going to have neurological damage, or potential neurological damage."
Watch the discussion above from "Outnumbered."