Peter Fenwicke (45)
As I said earlier on this page sport is for those thousands who play it at an amateur level not the select few hundred professionals. Lemons
I think it was to educate to kids that sport is more about participation than winning. Or something like that. Much like most clubs have done away with the ‘best player’ etc awards for these younger age groups. Also a lemon. Sport is about participation AND winning. Just like any field, only more so.What's the reasoning for banning competitive matches until 13?
There are some pretty strong developmental arguments for it - by removing the core competitive aspect it resets focus to learning and executing skills and understanding the game, rather than winning by size which can be a massive crutch in under age contact sport where there is so much variability. Otherwise the arguments are around, participation, inclusivity and general enjoyment that help the health of a sport overall, particularly at a community/grass roots level.What's the reasoning for banning competitive matches until 13?
CTE is caused by repeated brain trauma, yes. The general idea is that if the traumas start at a younger age, their effects will present earlier. A quick google led me to a study which identified CTE in a 36yo who had a history of seizures and self-harm by way of repeatedly hitting his head against the wall as a child - an extreme case, but it lends weight to the above https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5491586/I am very, very uneducated in these parts but is there any research that shows concussions for young kids lead to CTE? My general vibe was that it was repeated concussions sun stained because you're a professional who plays the game 30 times a year for 20 years.