So my wife and I watched "Concussion" tonight. This was kind of a mistake. Now she is ready to pull our son from football.
I fully understand that there is a danger of both concussions and CTE. However, I also know that coaching paradigms have changed, and that there are some studies showing it is not always bad for kids to play HS football.
Of course, I can google this. But you never know what you're going to find on the Internet. If any of you neurologists or doctors or coaches who have followed this can post some links on why it is ok to play tackle football in High School, it would be greatly appreciated.
EDIT: As I read through the comments, I thought a few edits were in order.'
First, to reiterate, I have no problem with my son playing football, if he wants to play (which he does). Now, I want the trainers and the coaches to carefully follow concussion protocol. I pretty much have a "one concussion" rule. (If you have one concussion you're done playing football. Exception: I recognize that in an abundance of caution, a trainer might go CYA and say, "your son might have had a mild concussion," when it is pretty unlikely. In the current climate, trainers can be a bit gun shy. That's when you get a second opinion).
Second, regarding bubblewrap and all, actually, we are fortunate to have pretty active kids. Between roller blading, street hockey, skateboarding, dirt biking, bicycling, and other stuff, we're glad the kids aren't just getting fat playing video games on the couch. His twin sister made the varsity soccer team this year as a freshman: I suppose we should watch her just as carefully for concussions!
The movie "Concussion" really kind of loads the deck. Even though you can get a concussion in soccer or from a bicycle fall or from just tripping over your feet and hitting your head, there is something viscereal about seeing footage of brutal hits. When a mom sees clips of brutal head to head collisions in NFL games, it is pretty sobering. I'm sure the movie cherry picked the most graphic, brutal head to head collisions they could possibly find. This seems more frightening than the image of a kid on a socceer field, skateboard, roller blades, or a bicycle.