I was listening to the Judith Regan show on the radio this morning, and her guest was Dorsey Levens, an ex-player for the Packers who made a documentary called "Bell Rung" about the concussions that NFL players sustain, and how these can add up to a lifetime of brain injury-associated problems. It was really interesting and scary, especially when he started talking about how even children who play football can suffer these concussions, and how since their brains aren't fully developed they can be particularly damaging. He mentioned the phenomenon of "second concussion" (or second-impact syndrome), where kids aren't given enough time to fully recover from a concussion before receiving another one, and the result can be severe.
Anyway, it was just 15 minutes of a radio show that I listened to -- I have no idea about the veracity of his statements, but it was interesting enough to pass along since it seems that, in my area at least, so many really young kids are playing tackle football.
How do you feel about children playing tackle football? Do your kids play? What safety measures do the coaches, parents, and league take? Do you feel they're adequate?