A lot of parents are raising questions about the potential for chronic brain damage from contact sports ever since the National Institutes of Health revealed that NFL giant Junior Seau had degenerative brain disease.
Dr. Paul Stricker is a pediatric sports medicine specialist. He says rather than discouraging kids from exercise, it boils down to getting players to do a better job of talking about their injuries.
"It used to be kids would never tell anyone about it because they want to keep playing, hopefully now, they realize they need to tell somebody."
Dr. Stricker adds that he thinks tragedies like this will make coaches more aware of head bumps during play and practice. It will also encourage kids to tell someone if they've had a problem.
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