December 17, 2012
Dr. Betty Bernstein
Concussions and Children Playing Football
Concussions in football are one of the most controversial topics as of late, and there is a good reason. Most parents do not see this sport as a health hazard as this author does. This sport when taught properly will show a child skill of teamwork, communication, and discipline.
The article chosen is one written on an authors opinion why children should not play tackle football. The author is very steadfast to her reasoning on not letting her child play football before he even has the option to play, understand the game and techniques correctly or be able to play with the athletic ability to compete in the sport. “The more we learn about football, the harder it is to justify allowing people to play it, especially children” (Giles, 2011). This presents opinion is unreliable, lacks credibility, and does not hold validity. This whole article is the logical fallacy of scare tactics; this author tries to scare people into not letting her children play football and want the masses to follow. The authors sole reasoning on the article is to indicate the effects of concussions within the sport because of the lack of proper testing of safety equipment. The part of disagreement is not with testing for concussions because football is a dangerous sport, and a player should not be on the field unless he or she loves the game. The rebuttal of this article is on the basis that the author does not think children should play football; it is the child’s choice if he or she wants to play the sport. The parents should trust the coaches that they are properly teaching the children the correct techniques and fundamentals. This is a very controversial subject for doctors, parents, and football equipment companies. There have been numerous tests done for years to improve the quality and safety of the game. The author has...