Children under 14 shouldn't be banned from playing contact sports, says former All Blacks doctor

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 11:01AM
Former All Blacks team doctor John Mayhew says that banning kids from contact sports won't stop them from getting concussed. (Photo / File)
Former All Blacks team doctor John Mayhew says that banning kids from contact sports won't stop them from getting concussed. (Photo / File)

Children under 14 shouldn't be banned from playing contact sports, says former All Blacks doctor

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 11:01AM

A doctor says suggestions children should be banned from playing contact sport because of concussion risks go too far.

Neuroscientist Dr Chris Nowinski told TVNZ sports, including rugby, should be restricted in under 14s, to avoid repeated head knocks.

But former All Black and Warriors team doctor John Mayhew told Mike Hosking that won't prevent children getting concussed.

"Children do other things - mountain biking, they go down skateboard ramps - and they bang their heads in other ways. I think we've got to minimise the number of head clashes occuring in all contact sports but to ban it, I think, is over the top and not necessary."

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