« on: April 12, 2017, 09:33:50 am »
point is you will at least consider allowing your boys to play football, many parents will not. overtime the game will cease to be played and/or will be changed to a point that we will not recognize it as being football.
I did not allow my boys to play tackle football until age 10, from that point it was their decision to participate or not. head injuries are a problem, amount of contact needs to be controlled, proper blocking/tackling techniques need to be taught/mandated, injuries will continue to occur, not just in football but across all sports
No doubt. I had 2 serious sports related concussions requiring hospitalization and I never played organized football. My first was about 14 at a soccer camp in Connecticut. I went for a header with another kid and we hit heads so hard we both blacked out. Woke up a few minutes before the ambulance arrived and was taken to the hospital. Didn't play again for 4 weeks. The second was playing rugby in college as a sophomore. Went up to catch a kick and got tackled. On the way down my head slammed into a team mate's knee. Didn't wake up that time until I reached the hospital. Never played rugby again. Was told to sit out the rest of the season and decided there were other things I wanted to do in college by the time the spring practices rolled around.
Neither play was a penalty. It's just part of competitive sports sometimes. But, I think other sports are doing a better job combating the problem, especially at the youngest levels, than football. And I think the repetition is a problem with football in general. If even small knocks, over time, are as big a problem as current research indicates, there simply isn't a way to make playing on either side of the line safe. Of course, that also leads me to believe that eventually soccer will need to ban heading the ball, which is going to kill free kicks.
As for allowing my kids to play football, I'd really rather they didn't. I have said for years that I wouldn't allow it. But as they grow and I allow them to do other things, I realize how naive it is to point at football and say that is the one I won't allow. For crying out loud I have a zipline in my back yard! Things just aren't as black and white as my younger self would have liked.