How do you reconcile a national past time like the sport of football with reports which reveal that changes to the brains of our children occur after just one concussion, sustained while playing the sport? 

HEALTH NEWS | Mon Oct 24, 2016 | 6:32pm EDT

"Young football players' brains change after one season"

(Reuters Health) - "Children's brains undergo noticeable changes after just one season of football, even if they were never diagnosed with a concussion, according to a new imaging study.

While there is no way to know whether the changes may lead to health problems down the road, the researchers found that the degree of change seen in the brain's white matter tracts was tied to the amount of exposure a child had to head impacts during play.

"It’s really another study that suggests there are changes in the brain associated with all of these head impacts," said lead author Dr. Christopher Whitlow, of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina... 

Here is the article that was recently published in Radiology, "Subconcussive Head Impact Exposure and White Matter Tract Changes over a Single Season of Youth Football"

I don't really expect contact sports like football to be banned. But the safety of our children is paramount and studies like the one listed above highlight the need for intelligent design of appropriate safety equipment so that everyone who desires to do so can continue to enjoy these games without fear of suffering permanent brain injuries.