Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Kids taking cues from You Tube?
This morning we watched a video on You Tube that boggled my mind, and it turns out the minds of many others as well. Startling video of kids donning lacrosse and hockey helmets who proceeded to beat on each other until somebody went down. We came to find out that the goal was unconsciousness and the prize was bragging rights on You Tube.
At first blush, it may seem like children just goofing around, but it is much more serious than that. The brain, which is like a fluid medium, literally moves around in the skull from side to side possibly causing injuries and swelling (Watch animation). In addition, you can have shearing of tiny blood vessels deep in the brain which can be catastrophic. It is true that kids are resilient, more so than adults but it is during these formative years that the brain is that much more susceptible to injuries.
We also know more about head injuries than ever before. For example, while a concussion is bad, a second concussion is exponentially worse. We also know that a helmet can be protective, but it is the rotational injuries, where the head actually moves around, that can cause someone to lose consciousness. Also, in the long term - headaches, memory problems, dizziness, concentration problems and equilibrium problems could be a problem.
As a parent, I am constantly worrying about my kids and these videos just add to my concern. I know there are lots of extreme sports out there. What else have you seen and how do we protect our kids?
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