'Concussion' doctor lists 6 sports kids shouldn't play

'Concussion Doctor' report: Family Focus

(WTOL) - New concussion guidelines were just released this week, in an effort to find the best practices of diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury in children.

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is saying that there are six sports children should avoid before they turn 18.

Those sports are:

  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Rugby

Dr. Omalu, portrayed by Will Smith in the movie Concussion, says there is no reason with the science we have now that kids should be playing sports in which blows to the head are common.

He says there are studies showing even just one concussion causes brain damage, and a child can have many sub-concussions before that.

That damage is permanent because the brain cannot regenerate itself.

Safe sports for kids include swimming, track, volleyball and basketball.

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