Boxing KO’d by doctors as too risky for kids’ and teens’ brains

Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children.
Boxing KO’d by doctors as too risky for kids’ and teens’ brains
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Boxing is too dangerous for kids and teens, pediatrics groups warn. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children.

The position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society argues that the high risk of concussion could damage young brains while they’re still developing.

“Pediatricians should strongly discourage boxing participation among their patients and guide them toward alternative sport and recreational activities that do not encourage intentional head injuries,” coauthors Laura Purcell and Claire LeBlanc, both doctors affiliated with the Canadian Paediatric Society, wrote in the journal Pediatrics.

Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children.

The position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society argues that the high risk of concussion could damage young brains while they’re still developing.

“Pediatricians should strongly discourage boxing participation among their patients and guide them toward alternative sport and recreational activities that do not encourage intentional head injuries,” coauthors Laura Purcell and Claire LeBlanc, both doctors affiliated with the Canadian Paediatric Society, wrote in the journal Pediatrics.

Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children.

The position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society argues that the high risk of concussion could damage young brains while they’re still developing.

“Pediatricians should strongly discourage boxing participation among their patients and guide them toward alternative sport and recreational activities that do not encourage intentional head injuries,” coauthors Laura Purcell and Claire LeBlanc, both doctors affiliated with the Canadian Paediatric Society, wrote in the journal Pediatrics.

Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children.

The position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society argues that the high risk of concussion could damage young brains while they’re still developing.

“Pediatricians should strongly discourage boxing participation among their patients and guide them toward alternative sport and recreational activities that do not encourage intentional head injuries,” coauthors Laura Purcell and Claire LeBlanc, both doctors affiliated with the Canadian Paediatric Society, wrote in the journal Pediatrics.