Cheerleading Is More Dangerous than Fighting

“When I asked Jaime if he worries about brain damage, he wants to know if I think he should be. ‘I would really appreciate it if someone would tell me, because, if it’s true, I should probably think about a different career.’” OK Jaime….Here is some info. Gainfully employed during the day & training nightly, sounds to me that you are a young man with much discipline & determination that would succeed in many arenas without putting your brain and body at such risk. Source: Friday, Sept 28, 2012 by Wendy Leonard Chicago Bears quarterback & Super Bowl Shuffle star Jim McMahon is reportedly suffering early onset dementia at age 53 & has joined more than 2400 players in suing the NFL for after-effects of concussions sustained in the game. “University of Utah neuropsychologist Dr. Angela Eastvold said that concussions span multiple sports..a concussion in and of itself is not a serious injury, it does not cause permanent damage but the problem is with repetitive concussions..even a lighter blow the second time around can cause more severe damage..passing a certain ‘window of vulnerability’ which is longer for younger, less-experienced athletes is imperative before safely returning to the game.” Much is being learned chronic traumatic encephalopathy(CTE), a condition which is likely what McMahon and other athletes suffer, leading to symptoms of dementia – including gradual memory loss, aggression and anger outbursts, behavioral issues,depression and possibly an increased suicide rate among its sufferers. Jim McMahon said, “knowing what he knows now about the hits he took playing football, he wishes he’d have pursued baseball.” Source: May 3, 2012 by Sergio Hernandez Writer Sergio Hernandez, stated that Junior Seau’s suicide brought to mind the February 2011 suicide of Chicago Bear Dave Duerson. Duerson donated his brain to the Boston University School of Medicine “who concluded that concussions led to Duerson suffering from a neurodegenerative disease.” “In 2007, Chris Benoit murdered his wife and seven-year old son before taking his own life. Later studies revealed his brain resembled that of an 85-year-old Alzheimer’s patient and he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a result from massive brain damage in all four lobes.” “Imagine a job where violently losing consciousness or having your arm broken in two are not only credible occurrences but to be expected depending on who your co-worker is on a certain day. MMA isn’t safe; it’s the most dangerous sport on the planet. The simple fact is, a fighter’s mind and body are forever and irreversibly changed. It goes beyond what we see inside the cage. Fighters get rocked in practice while preparing for a bout, sit out a few minutes and then hop back in, not wanting to lose precious training time.”
— October 3, 2012 9:34 a.m.

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