Getting involved in sports is a great way for kids to get out of the house, stay active and forge friendships while doing something they love.
In the United States, about 36 million children under the age of 18 play organized sports every year, and while this is encouraged by experts, there are some high-impact activities that some doctors are discouraging.
Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist sat down for an interview with TODAY to discuss the dangers in playing certain sports.
“We need to develop more brain-friendly, healthier types of sports,” Omalu said. “We have elevated sports to the level of a religion. We’re in denial of the truth.”
Omalu warns parents that kids who play one of the "big six" sports are more likely to suffer health complications later in life.
So which sports should kids avoid playing?