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Doctor who inspired Concussion movie says school kids should avoid soccer and lacrosse – as well as football – if they want to avoid Alzheimer’s and ALS

The doctor who inspired the Will Smith movie Concussion says teenagers should not play lacrosse or ice hockey – and only over-14s should play soccer. 

There is a growing wave of calls to ban school children – and even adults – from playing American football, given the burgeoning research linking blows to the head with crippling brain diseases like CTE. 

Dr Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered CTE, has said letting children play the contact sport is ‘the definition of child abuse’. 

But he warns that is hardly the only sport that could inflict life-long damage on a child’s brain.

 

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