Sport structured brain trauma is child abuse

Anderson, E., Turner, G., Hardwicke, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1152-0920 and Parry, K., 2023. Sport structured brain trauma is child abuse. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. ISSN 1751-1321

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This article first summarizes research regarding the relationship between sports that intentionally structure multiple types of brain trauma into their practice, such as rugby and boxing, and the range of negative health outcomes that flow from participation in such sports. After highlighting how these sports can permanently injure children, it examines this harm in relation to existing British laws and policies concerning child abuse. The conclusion drawn is that neither children nor adults on their behalf are legally able to give informed consent for participation, and that impact sport organizations effectively groom children into sustaining and accepting brain trauma. Adults providing brain-traumatizing versions of these sports are thus described as being complicit in a form of child abuse that we term brain abuse. Implications of the argument are that children should be prohibited from partaking in impact sports.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sport, Ethics and Philosophy
Creators: Anderson, E., Turner, G., Hardwicke, J. and Parry, K.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 30 November 2023
ISSN: 1751-1321
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy on 30 November 2023, available online:
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Nov 2023 17:56
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 09:39

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