September 13th, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Study: Number of traumatic brain injuries jump among young basketball players

More and more children and teenagers are suffering traumatic brain injuries while playing basketball, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers examined emergency room visits of people under the age of 20 who were treated for basketball related injuries between 1997 and 2007 and found the number of traumatic brain injuries shot up  by 70%.

Overall the proportion for traumatic brain injury doubled for boys and tripled for girls, said senior study author Dr. Laura B. McKenzie. 

Coaches, athletes and parents need to understand what can cause traumatic brain injuries and learn to recognize a possible concussion  according to McKenzie.

The number of basketball related injuries decreased over the course of the study and totaled more than 4 million during the 11 year period.

Still, the study did not include patients who were treated outside of emergency rooms so it's likely the overall number of basketball related injuries is greater, according to McKenzie.

Researchers found strains or sprains to the ankle or other lower extremities to be the most common injuries. Lacerations, fractures, and dislocations affected boys the most and traumatic brain and knee injuries were most common in girls, according to the study.

By age groups, 15 to 19 year-olds accounted for half of the injuries in the study and they also had the highest injury rate of all the ages.   For 5 to 10 year olds, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, dislocations, and injuries to the upper extremities were diagnosed the most, according to the statistics.

26 million youth basketball players aged 6 and older were on the courts in 2007 according to The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Associations and the National Associations of Sports Commissions.


soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. G.Steven Kowit/Sarasota Florida

    Neuro-Feedback can help with some brain disorders.

    September 13, 2010 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      agree not a well written article but I've seen 1st hand how these injuries can occur. I coach town league Bball for 7-8th grade boys and in the gym next to our game there was a practice being held for boys under age 16 last year. A player went up for a rebound and was knocked to the ground after getting tangled up under the boards and he fell awkwardly on his head/jaw area knocking him out cold. Not sure if he caught an elbow. Ambulance personnel got there in minutes and they tried to save him administering CPR for 20+ minutes but sadly he passed away on the way to the hospital. Reality is the kids nowadays are incredible athletic and play at a higher level and so accidents occur in sports. Can't take the aggression away from them. Kids were just being kids playing ball having fun and no one would think that this could or would have occurred.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
    • Daryl

      An interesting a scary article, but as a parent of young basketball players, my immediate repsonse is how? How are these injuries occuring? As a newsreader, I want to be informed not about random facts but ways to learn for others mistakes. This report would have been much more useful if I could prepare and / or help prevent such events happening to my children. Like so many stories, I feel that the point is missed.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      Why is this even a story? Basketball is no more dangerous than it used to be, simply more go to the hospital to be treated for concussions because people are more aware of them. While Dr. Mckenzie has had more years in school than I ever hope to have, it seems she ignored the path of common sense by neglecting to take into account that with all illnesses or injuries, reports of said injury skyrocket as awareness about rises. Concussions have become a major issue in the NFL, and now, their symptoms are much more well known among the general public.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      John, that is a terrible story. The net in basketball is very high, and a child of 16 who is very athletic can jump up and grab it (with other players under them), and your story of a child being knocked down from that height to fall on his head, causing such a traumatic injury that he died, is terrible. Both fame and dollars make kids train to be better and better in many sports. I've seen a video (Youtube) on ballet dancers learning partnering. They use a fairly small room, and several couples at first (at about 16 years old). In the video, a girl fell from high in the air, but the other boys around that couple quickly found a way to steady her as she was falling so that she didn't hit her head. Dance is very demanding, and there are many injuries, but overall, no matter what sport it is, the participants have to be taught to save eachother, even on the "other" team. Knocking somebody away from a basket when they could be injured in a fall is at best a foul, but only a two point penalty is not enough to prevent injury.

      September 13, 2010 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • Brandon VanDuzer

      I think that this is some really important information for parents and coaches. If we know that more head and brain injuries are occurring we should be trying to find ways to try to prevent them. I do believe that we are seeing more of these injuries because more kids are involved in these team sports, being as there are more resources and leagues than there has ever been before. This could be part of the reason for the spike in numbers, and I realize that these players still play hard and want to win, but we need to stress the importance of safety. If we teach proper fundamentals and sportsmanship we could probably reduce this number.

      September 13, 2010 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
    • Mark Reynolds

      Doesn't even say how many, just percentages. For all we know, the percentage could be in line with population growth.

      September 13, 2010 at 18:30 | Report abuse |
  2. Glenn Kowit/Sarasota Florida

    I mentor at-risk children, some beset by brain injury. The Doctors at Quiet Solutions utilizing Neuro-Feedback have helped with
    Children afflicted with ADHD and Asbergers disorder. It has helped enable us to be better mentors.

    September 13, 2010 at 00:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jonathan Finebaum

    Possiby the games are rooted in too competitve an environment?

    September 13, 2010 at 01:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ralph Gentry

      Maybe the Ref's should call "Charging", "Traveling" "Illegal Screen" etc. This is what make's the Pro game so poor. If I could do all those things I could have been a "real player" too. Basketball is not football played on a wood floor by a buch of physical freeks.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:27 | Report abuse |
    • ceecee

      Any sport can be taken to extremes with the wrong mentors, coaches and ego maniacs all driven by competition.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I remember playing in a non compete league when I was in kindergarten and I thought it was the lamest waste of time ever. Just because kids get injured playing a sport doesn't mean its dangerous and needs changes. People like you just need to shut up so the rest of us can still have fun.

      September 13, 2010 at 13:19 | Report abuse |
  4. Bballer

    This is a totally irresponsible and negligent article!!! It gave no causes or suspicion of causes to the sudden increase in brain injuries. If there wasn't a rush to get this article to the press for circulation we might have got more out of it than shock value.

    I have played basketball recreationally for over 30 years and am teaching my son to play the game. If more research would have went into this readers could have been armed with preventive measures to avoid such injuries or bypassing the sport altogether. Instead we are left with nothing. This article talked more about other injuries sustained by boys and girls than brain injuries. Someone should get reprimanded for this unprofessional approach to filling the air with words!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • thedokta

      I agree... what causes the head injuries? Elbows to the head while going for a rebound? Hitting the floor while going for a loose ball? This is indicative of the decling quality in journalism.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:09 | Report abuse |
    • Joot

      Cause of the uptick in brain injuries? It's VERY simple. The game has been allowed to become more violent over the last 30 years. Actions that used to be called as fouls are now ignored. There's also the now prevalent attitude that nobody is allowed a "free layup". Simply put, a player is going to be fouled hard if he's going up for a layup, even on a breakaway... no questions asked. If games were called as they were 30 years ago , most of today's "stars" would foul out before half-time. But, they could adjust if the NBA would enforce the rules as they are written. (What the NBA does, trickles down, eventually to youth sports.) Basketball was designed to be, is most enjoyable to play and watch, and is much safer as a sport played in a free flowing, minimal contact, and constant movement style. The NHL, to a degree, figured this out roughly 20 years ago when it decided to reduce the number of all out brawls that had become the main focus of so many of the league's games.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
    • Daryl

      I just read your post. I came the same conclusion above.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I bet the increase of brain injuries is coming from the heightened awareness to concussions as of late. They are finding more concussions because they are looking for them more. I played basketball from the time I was a kid, I broke my radius in a pickup game as an adult, and I would have no problems letting my kid play basketball. If you are active, you will probably hurt yourself eventually.

      September 13, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • hf

      Your comments are out of line, here is why, CNN prints limited story with no information, if you find online and read the Doctors report and did a little elbow work with your mouse button you read and responsed in a more informed tone, since you did not like and nature of the article you attacked it, CNN got yur goat and played trash the reader, this is their intent, so it makes you work harder to learn, this is the subject to all their stories, so from now on, do your homework on google and find more detailed answers to your question instead of CNN or any other news .... crap writing service spoon feed you junk stories, CNN will love this, this is al your own fault if you wish not to pursue more knowledge. Knowledge is no longer for free by way of news press, you have to research it to earn it. Good Luck

      September 13, 2010 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • dogpatch

      Amen, Joot! I see a huge amount of violence every high school game i've gone to in the 21st century in what was supposed to be a noncontact sport. Parents, coaches, refs, administrators & league officials need to get together & CRACK DOWN and start enforcing some rules. And it's not just head injuries.
      If you want a violent sport, fine...put on pads & a helmet...go play football...under different rules.

      September 13, 2010 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The NBA has changed the rules so much that former players say today's stars wouldn't be able to handle the rough play of the 70's and 80's so it's not that there more contact because there is in fact less contact allowed now than there used to be. The difference is when someone "bumped" their head they would come out of the game for 5 minutes and then go back in, no one knew that it could cause brain injury so no one went to the hospital to have their "bump" checked. Willis Reed played with a broken leg, the attitude used to be "SUCK IT UP AND BE A MAN!" Now if someone says they have a headache they are advised to visit the emergency room.

      September 13, 2010 at 14:53 | Report abuse |
  5. Jesse in Maryland

    The study should say how many traumatic brain injuries are being referenced here. Saying they jumped by 70% doesn't mean much. If there were 1000 brain injuries in year 1, and then 2000 in year 2, one could say that it's a 100% jump. But in the overall scheme of things, that's a pretty insignificant number when compared with the millions of young people who play basketball.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Donald 70000

    This article is not well researched.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      I agree. It really isn't well researched at all. Another example of CNN's generally held status as representing the dregs of so-called "journalism".

      September 13, 2010 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
  7. JFWilder

    Maybe it's because the players are getting so tall they're bonking their noggins on the rim more often! That and they're higher up off the grown now, so when they fall, especially after trying to stuff it in the rim as they do nowadays, they have further to fall.

    Now..what I would do is to raise the rim up about another 4 feet. No more head-bonking, and no more need to jump so high to stuff it directly into the net. Problem solved, right? ;-p

    September 13, 2010 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ceecee

    The more sports I watch the more disappointed I am. It's fueled by athlete movie stars who sell the equpment for big bucks and could care less about brain injuries. Let's stop buying into this. Don't buy the t shirts and other expensive junk. Teach kids to exercise not win at all costs. Idiots!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      I'd like to speak for all athletes when I say SHUT-UP! This "everyone gets trophy's" attitude is just plain stupid. Competition is not win at all costs, it teaches teamwork and integrity but also teaches you how to lose graciously. Life is not full of winners and kids should NOT believe that they are always going to win no matter how much work they put in or how hard they try. Also, why should anyone ever let the fear of injury stop them from doing what they love? I'm sure the chances of slipping in the shower and hurting your head are just as great if not greater than sustaining a traumatic brain injury while playing basketball, should we discourage people from showering? Organized sports are not just exercise for kids, they teach so many life lessons that every kid should learn.

      September 13, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
  9. Amy

    The link in the article "recognize a possible concussion" is not working so I recommend this resource provided by the CDC Injury Center – http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html

    September 13, 2010 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Buzzy Muss

    We need more Intensive Research.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Drake Conteenno

    Outlaw contact sports.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RogerW

      Remember when b'ball was a non-contact sport? It was played with finnesse & grace...I officiated b'ball for 27 years at all levels and can attest that today's physical style of play is due to rule changes, to wit: Fouls are based soley on "when a player gains advantage due to physical contact", i.e. hand checking, "rooting" or pushing a played from an established position, etc. Many of today's injuries can or should be pointed to coaching techniques; if the game is taught properly, some of these can be prevented. I strongly feel that the main reason for rough play is based on competitive and "winning" values from parents, coaches, peers and the media.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
  12. health professional

    This article is irresponsible for a reason not mentioned yet: The "increase in injuries" is really an increase in the identification of (or suspicion of) injuries. Wider public awareness of the causes and symptoms of brain injuries is naturally followed by an increased number of people identified, which is likely represented by this "jump" in statistics. It doesn't mean necessarily that more people are being injured; it means that more people are being identified. The number of injuries could even be decreasing, and these statistics would not show that fact.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ADiff

      That's a reasonable possibility. This is anecdotal as far as I can tell here. But as a recreational basketball player and observer of organized youth play, I can't help but think there are a few common sense things that could be done to affect current play styles that might reduce the risk of serious falls. Anyway, you're right that presuming a trend on this basis is speculative.

      September 13, 2010 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
  13. Albert Burke

    Basketball is not a contact sport.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Brett

    My son, now in the 6th grade, plays basketball and we have seen several kids leave games with head injuries over the last few years. While no reason is attributed in this article, it looks to me like the problem is that kids are being taught to press aggressively, especially late in games, but are not being taught how to do so without fouling. The league my son plays in allows full court press in the last two minutes of the game, so the team that is behind ends up trying to wrestle the ball away from the other team. Until proper defensive skills have been learned, this kind of play looks more like rugby than basketball. In almost every game, kids end up hitting the floor hard and someone gets hurt. Until coaching and officiating standards improve, this will continue to happen and likely will get worse.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Tim Davis

    The study author is Dr. Lara McKenzie, the reporter didn't even get her first name right! As the yahoo.com article (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100913/hl_nm/us_injuries_basketball) mentions, "But, McKenzie said, future studies should try to uncover the reason for the increase in traumatic brain injuries over time." That article provides significantly better reporting then Dr. Gupta's medical team. Still, for both articles it would have been handy to have a link to the actual journal article.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. John D

    I never realized how common this problem really is. My oldest daughter hit her head on a wooden floor during an 8th grade CYO game and was diagnosed with a concussion. The doctors allowed her to resume play several weeks later. Fast forward a year and a half later and she was hit in the HELMET with a softball while running to first on a dropped third strike. She underwent doctor treatment for 8 weeks and is now on a slow recovery back to being able to play again. She must be very suseptable to concussions now that she had the first one and in retrospect, must have returned way too soon. We will not allow her to play basketball this year and possibly never again. It is not worth it....

    September 13, 2010 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • blah9999

      When you get a concussion, you're more susceptible to them. The more you get, the easier it is to get one.

      September 13, 2010 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
  17. Sue

    When my son was an 8th grader, during practice he went up for a rebound and was undercut by another player. He came directly on his head. His coach called me at work to let me know what happened. Apparantly he was knocked out briefly and saw "stars" had double vision etc...Thankfully, it turned out to be nothing major (After a visit to the hospital) butit could have been so much worse.

    Another time, I was watching a game between another group of highschool kids (AAU) and a group went up for a rebound, one of the players fell and hit his head, as his head smacked off the ground and came back up, another player came down on it directly with his foot, smashing his head back into the ground. quite possibly the worst thing I ever saw. His parents took him to the hospital immediately and thankfully he walked away with a slight concussion....

    September 13, 2010 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Cam

    It's time for basketball helmets!

    September 13, 2010 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Oodoodanoo

      A helmet covered in springs. If you land on your head, you'll bounce back up again.

      September 13, 2010 at 13:30 | Report abuse |
  19. Keltner

    Basketball definitely should be banned in the United States

    September 13, 2010 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. tlyn1983

    I do not know what court some of you have been playing on, but bball is a contact sport. The article may not be as well researched as some would like but generally I believe parts to be true. In Colorado Springs where we lived, on average there were 2 to 3 head injuries a week in the sports of bball, football and soccer. In one case my daughter was undercut by one of her own teammate while going for a rebound. Do I blame the child no? No, I blame the coaches who have not taught her the fundamentals of the sport. She had been playing since the 5th grade an at the High School level, did not know you are not suppose to block out your teammate. I believe it is the poor coaching by people who are not qualified, simply put every Joe Blow is not a coach. We have individuals who think if you watch a video, read a couple of books, and get plays off the internet, Hey! I can be a coach. Wrong!!! If you haven't played beyond ymca, studied exercise science/physiology or have taken HPER classes you shouldn't be coaching at all. In Colorado you can be a volunteer coach at high school level, which means all you have to do is take a CPR class to get a coaching certificate. With every kid wanting to be an And1 baller and so called coaches not teaching the fundamentals of the sport, there will continue to be a rise in injuries.

    September 13, 2010 at 13:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. ADiff

    Referees need to be more picky enforcing the zone under the basket (where there's no such thing as a Charge, and the offensive player has the right to go to the basket unimpeded. If the defender can't get to the ball, they can't use physical contact to interfere with a shot in this zone). Also referees need to be more picky about calling lower body contact fouls. A certain amount of physical contact is part of the game, but way too much hip checking, arm checking and tripping goes on that isn't called. I'd be willing to bet that almost every life threatening injury in basketball results from falls. One will see inevitable arm, shoulder, face and leg injuries as part of the game. If you're going to play, you're just going to have to accept the occasional soft-tissue injury and rare broken bone...anybody who thinks it's not a contact sport hasn't played much. But lower body contact, especially within 3 ft. of the basket, and recklessly 'crashing the boards' is what results in tangles that end up in falls. When the head falls 6 or 7 feet to a hardwood floor, fatal injury is a distinct possibility. Preventing these 'scrums' should be the point of changes in officiating. Coaches need a framework that encourages the idea that when an offensive player's going to the hole from inside (within the 3' zone) you've got to block the shot, not the player. Right now it's mostly the opposite, as interpretation of the rules encourages high contact underneath. Also there's no penalty for intentional fouls on shots. So other than 'foul trouble', why not foul? Perhaps intentional fouls should be penalized by a third shot, with the referee able to make that judgment call. Anyway, it's a great game. It's always going to be physical, and will always have some injuries. But it doesn't have to be mayhem under the boards either.

    September 13, 2010 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Theo

    Where is this article going? I want to know why brain injuries are up in basketball! Give me some examples of how and why it is happening. It's so vague as to be dismissed.
    I've played basketball my whole life and have kids who play. As a parent who has been around football and lacrosse I am very vigilant when it comes to head trauma. Would like to know more...

    September 13, 2010 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. cfales

    but the number of people playing basketball longer has increased 170% and are playing more often?

    how many of the children had been admitted multiple times? What are the grades of the concussions? How many had permanent damage?

    whats the point of the article? leather helmets?

    I'd be more worried about the scary ratio of females tearing ACL's playing basketball

    September 13, 2010 at 14:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. FreedomFirst

    The parental lack of responsibility is appaling with respect to sports injuries in youth.

    September 13, 2010 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Ruth

    The question is why. Basketball hasn't changed so why are there more deaths?

    September 13, 2010 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Sloppy D

    To John, who shared with us his hissy fit over modern basketball versus the apparently kind, gentle game that was played 30 years ago. I call BS on you. You're just another old man shaking his fists at the doggone kids on your lawn. Next time ESPN Classic runs some old Laker-Celtics finals games, or anything with the Bad Boy Pistons, pay attention. Those games were at least as brutal, if not more so, than anything we've seen in the NBA playoffs in recent years. Now, you want to go back 50 years, maybe I'll agree with you. But guess what . . sports evolve (or devolve, depending on your POV). The game George Mikan dominated is loooooong gone.

    I'm sure your memory is telling you I'm full of it . . but your memory is faulty. Seriously. Take in a playoff game from 25-30 years ago. Your little outburst reminds me of my dad and his insistence that sex in movies is a recent phenomenon only now beginning to corrupt our kids' impressionable minds. Please. The rose-colored glasses could use a spit-shine.

    September 13, 2010 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Floor Doc

    Today's modern wood floor systems can protect kids from injuries if designed right. For the past 25 years designs have focused on preventing overuse injuries in the lower extremities. A slight design shift and the floors could also do far better in preventing trauma during impacts. Modern playground surfaces have been developed with the idea of reducing head injury trauma basketball floors could be too. Too often the floor is thought of as a cosmetic feature not a piece of athletic equipment, therefore performance is often a distant thought in selection.

    September 13, 2010 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Gabe

    .... or because more and more people are playing basketball?

    September 13, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. JW

    The coaches, referees, players, parents, spectators, school administrators, yes, basically all of us are to blame. Players are taught to play with reckless abandonment, draw the charge, sell out, get stronger in the weight room. Fans eat it up and school administrators have to put the most competitive team on the court or they lose their jobs. My son got hit in the face by an open hand under the basket by a very physical team and he looked around at the refs who apparently did not notice or did not care to make a call. He reached to his nose and felt for blood, there was none and he paused at the bench to see the coaches yell something at him so he stayed in the game. At the other end on defense he decided to play just as hard and started knocking the other team around – very physical, like a game of football and the refs STILL didn't make a call. Finally, they called him for a hold. The other team missed the free throw and he rebounded up the court. Our guard went in for a layup but tossed the ball over the rim and meanwhile my son came in from the opposite side and caught the ball, dunked and hung on the rim with his feet dangling in the other team's face. And, yes, he was called for a technical, but the crowd, team, coaches, everyone went nuts on the play. Some one could have easily gotten hurt. These kids are so darn strong and getting stronger and the refs let too many things go and the coaches demand physical play. It's just crazy. The game has changed at the younger levels, not so much at the pro level where its always been pretty physical. What is the answer? Better reffing, education for all the coaches to teach what injuries can happen and how to avoid it, and less emphasis on "win at all cost". Yea right, next we solve world hunger.

    September 13, 2010 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cing

      Well put!!!

      September 13, 2010 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • Tyrone

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  30. Greg

    So brain injuries are up in a non contact sport?????

    Maybe they had brain damage before playing basketball??????

    September 13, 2010 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. msmyers

    This is irresponsible reporting. The fantastic title would lead the reader to believe we have an epidemic on our hands. None of the stats are related. The article mentions 4 million injuries but doesn't detail the number of brain injuries. Isn't that the point of the article? The only stat related to brain injuries is the doubling of incidents with boys and tripling with girls. OK, but double and triple from what number? Ten, twenty, fifty? If that number is relatively small where's the cause for alarm? If 5 boys die playing high school football one year and 10 die the next year the rate has doubled. I'm sure the report had some meaningful information in it but this article did a poor job of conveying it. But hey, I'm sure people like me were suckered in by the sensational title, felt strongy enough to submit a comment and provide my email address for future marketing purposes.

    September 13, 2010 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Greg

    I guess we're doomed to a life of fatness. No exercise as you may injure yourself. Better to sit there on the couch with a bag of Fritos. Study after study by moron after moron. It's like giving a kid a new toy. They are unable to use the tools effectively. Like the study conducted by UVA as to whether or not hand sanitizer prevents colds. There’s about as much of a chance of that happening as UVA coaches paying attention to the problems their players have and possible preventing a murder.

    September 13, 2010 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. jj

    Kids may be more aggressive today. They surely see the pro players, and try to emulate that level of aggression. It's the unfortunate aspect of being exposed to too much, too soon, whether it's sex, violence, aggression – seeing adult pros (playing to keep their jobs), and trying to do the same moves, in the same style, way before they are ready for it.
    I don't follow the sport, but don't doubt refs are calling the sport like it's the pros – maybe believing they will move up themselves.

    September 13, 2010 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Peter Koritan

    The games appear too competitive.

    October 30, 2010 at 14:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Samuel Porter Jr.

    I agree with Peter!

    October 30, 2010 at 14:07 | Report abuse | Reply
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