So says Dr. Ben Omalu, in the new Hollywood biopic, Concussion, starring Will Smith.
Released December 25th, Concussion is based on the events of Dr. Omalu's investigation of head trauma suffered by football players in the NFL.
In real life, Dr. Omalu discovered this by studying the brains of NFL players, living and deceased. MRIs, fMRI's and x-rays added up to reveal massive, life-changing brain trauma in many players, a revelation that almost cost Dr. Omalu his career as he sought to have the NFL acknowledge such trauma and agree to investigate it further.
This begs a timely question: what evidence of trauma would brain researchers discover if they explored the brains of young children regularly exposed to the sensationalized violence of mainstream TV and radio newscasting? Of course this wouldn't reveal the same kinds of traumatic injury as a physical impact injury would produce, but, assuredly, traumatic injury would be revealed as researchers have discovered when investigating the effects of domestic abuse and warfare or terror on the brains of children.
At least in the case of high-impact sports like football, hockey and now skiing and skateboarding, helmets are worn to mitigate head injuries. And though, as Concussion reveals, helmets don't provide the kinds of protection that players and families might otherwise hope for, they do absorb impact and minimize damage wrought by a concussive blow.
Unfortunately, young children inadvertently absorbing sensationalized violence in TV and radio newscasting don't have the benefit of such brain protection. Rather, they need the CRTC and Canadian broadcasters to step up and protect them through following and upgrading their Violence Code of 1993.
It's time for our children to receive better protection against possible brain and developmental injury from such mediated violence.
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