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Children particularly vulnerable to head injuries

In the wake of recent controversy over traumatic head injuries sustained by NFL players and a Harvard statistic indicating that professional football players' lives are, on average, 20 years shorter than that of average males, all manner of sports have come under close scrutiny for their injury potential. While many Alabama children are encouraged to participate in youth sports, the possibility of a brain injuries is even greater for them than it is for grown adults. The chair of the Alabama Statewide Sports Concussion Taskforce, or ASSCT, notes that young, undeveloped brains are particularly susceptible to injury, and the younger the brain, the more recovery time that is needed to recover from trauma. This much-needed recovery, however, conflicts with the child's need to keep up with learning in school; a two- or four-week recovery period could put a child behind in school.

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