Hello and welcome to Free Debate Friday! Last May, Junior Seau, NFL linebacker, committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. His death left many unanswered questions, and through the donation of his brain, neuroscientists were able to diagnose Seau with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE, known also as “punch drunk” is a degenerative brain disease often caused by injuries to the head. Sadly, according to scientists, CTE can only be truly diagnosed after one’s death, so prevention to head injuries may be the way we try to prevent CTE.
With so many children and youth playing contact sports like football, hockey and boxing, does this recent discovery of Junior Seau’s diagnosis make us think twice about letting kids play contact sports? Today’s Free Debate Friday asks you: Should we let our kids play contact sports?
Vote and comment below. If you have kids in contact sports, is this news making you reconsider allowing them to play? Should we have laws regulating youth in contact sports? Sound off!