Should high school and younger football be banned?

Michele - posted on 10/16/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03...



Recent studies show the danger of this contact sport, i.e. concussions on developing brains can have long term impact.

OTOH, football scholarships gives some students who would otherwise not be able to go to college the chance.

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Jodi - posted on 10/17/2012

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My son plays rugby league, which is a form of football here (and they don't wear padding like your guys do - the Aussie's refer to your game as a pussy's game) which has had its fair share of head and neck injuries. They have modified the game slightly over the years to minimise the injuries, BUT it is still a game where injuries will occur. However, head and neck injuries are rare. I have personally never seen one in my son's comp. Broken bones are common, a nose or an arm here and there. Shoulder and knee injuries.



Did I encourage my son to play? No, but it is a passion of his. So far he has not had any major injuries. I dread that, and I feel sick when I see him tackled with the ball.



I can't see why they should ban it. Modify the rules a little, make sure they receive adequate training and supervision, but no, banning it is just another step in the direction of wrapping children in more cotton wool.

Momma - posted on 10/17/2012

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I am not interested in the head trauma kids suffer from it. Banning it? Well I am not sure on that one but I guarantee I will not be promoting it with my kids. ;)



~Meme

Michele - posted on 10/17/2012

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@Shawnn, my understanding is that this is not about the serious, obvious, maiming type of injuries, which are indeed rare, but the cumulative effect of head trauma such as concussions, which is not rare in football, hockey, soccer, and wrestling, for example. Athletes are developing degenerative brain disease as a result of sports head trauma. Muhammad Ali is a prime example from boxing, but there are many from various sports. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_tra...



That said, I agree with you about safety and not bans. Awareness of safety issues and "safer tackling" are important to emphasize, especially for children and adults up to age 25, whose brains are still developing. The people discussing this are not anti-sports, necessarily, but are anti-head trauma. This seems reasonable. But I am not sure that high school kids are going to follow the "rules" in the heat of the moment. So education is critical.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/17/2012

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Regulated for safety concerns, yes. Banned, no.



Sports programs, along with music, drama, and other extra curricular activities are shown to produce a generation of adults that is more well-rounded, more capable of handling responsibility, and more focused.



I've seen it in my own house, and with kids that I know.



No, I don't have stats, nor do I have the time to look them up. However, I can count on one hand the number of times a kid was seriously injured, maimed, or scarred for life while playing a sport (in my local area) Yes, our starting QB for our local university has been out this season after a concussion injury that was aggravated by his decision to play a week earlier than his doctors wanted him to...HIS decision. He's an adult, he can decide. Does that make it worth banning the entire sport? Not in my opinion.

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