This week Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been on CNN a lot talking about his documentary this Sunday: Big Hits, Broken Dreams. It’s about the dangers of concussions, especially for high school football players. He brought up a term I’d never heard before. Sub-concussive hits.
A sub-concussive hit is when you get hit in the head and don’t get a concussion. Nobody really notices. It may not even hurt very much. One may not hurt you. A few may not hurt you. But Dr. Gupta, who, in addition to being CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent is a practicing neurosurgeon, has been looking into the latest research on these hits that few have paid attention to. And he has found mounting evidence that when these hits add up, which they do quickly in high school football, our teenage players’ brains are at risk.
How many sub-concussive hits does it take to damage a young brain? Can these young people recover from the damage? Are there practical measures that can be taken to protect young football players without jeopardizing game of football? The answer to the last question is yes. Which is why it’s worth the time of every coach and parent and anyone connected to youth football to watch the brief questions and answers with Dr. Gupta below.
The videos are not edited. They were captured during a brief conversation I had with my colleague, Dr. Gupta, as he was leaving one CNN studio for another. And they touch on what he and CNN will explore in greater depth Sunday night in the documentary “Big Hits, Broken Dreams.”
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