Why My Kids Will Never Play Football

…as long as I have anything to say about it:

Concussions and Head Injuries in Football

(be sure to check the links in the sidebar)

I’ve been concerned about this issue for going on two years now, and finally, last night at halftime on NBC, Bob Costas said something about it.  I’m sure it was a league-approved message, but it felt like FINALLY it was becoming a mainstream concern.  Honestly the whole thing makes it much harder for me to watch and enjoy football.

More reading:

Penn player who killed self had brain disease
NFL:  Dodging the Concussion Discussion

You can call me a spoilsport, but with the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs and the innovations in pads and helmets making them lighter — thus allowing players to move faster — it seems like an increase in these incidents is approaching.

Thoughts?

5 thoughts on “Why My Kids Will Never Play Football

  1. There are more than enough sports out there to play that don't have this high rate of head injury.(and, heck, as we know too well, you can get a doozy of a head injury in gym class. Aisling losing her short-term memory last year for several hours was more than scary enough for me, thank you.)

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  2. This is one of the reasons I'm thankful for my girls. I most likely won't have to make the football decision. We live across the street from an elementary school and can you believe that 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are playing full pads football?! SCARY!

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  3. Well, Kelly, as a mother of 4 sons also ~~ a few of mine did. The others preferred Basketball as we grow them TALL. My oldest was on the National Winning Team in AAU basketball and he had a taste of higher competitive sports. Several of those guys are in the NBA now. One thing he learned on his own was a respect for natural abilities and hard work with those who were better than himself. How else could he find humility when he was the best at the level he was at but to go into a higher league?! My sons hurt themselves climbing over a fence and off a tree fort!!! Broken arms!!

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  4. Yes, it's not so much a fear of them getting hurt, but more the decision of putting them in a sport where participants deliberately use their heads as battering rams again, and again, and again…. Concussions are pretty common in soccer, too, and I haven't ruled that out. You just can't play football without "using your head." 😉

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  5. Hmmm! I get your arguements- valid points and food for thought. However football is actually quite down the list in dangerous sports kids partake it. Higher would be gymnastics, horseback riding, and would you believe it- cheerleading. And according to some lists soccer and hockey have greater risk of short-term and long-term injury than football. I am not sure where I stand for sure. I AM sure where Carl stands. lol

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