Youth Football: Good or Bad Choice?

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Youth football good or bad you decide
By now we have all discovered that football is a dangerous sport for all age groups. In the professional leagues, college levels, high school, and even the pop warner leagues (here in Michigan called rocket football), players can end up getting broken bones and perhaps concussions (Lavigne). The much higher levels of the game there can have serious consequences with the risk of serious injuries, there have been multiple cases of paralysis or even death from improper tackling technics. One of the most of the common issues that are making national attention is brain injuries (Lavigne). The problem here is not that we are teaching our kids wrong technics, but accidents happen. With the national attention here is a group of higher up officials in the United States government that is trying to put a ban on youth tackle football (Lavigne).

There are several groups asking if there would be a possibility that the government can stop youth football from happening (Lavigne). The government can and has put age limits on just about anything they want too. For instance there are limits on smoking, drinking, driving, and watching certain movies or even video games. Ask ourselves why, because it is said to be that children are too immature physically, emotionally, and mentally to wisely choose extra-curricular activities, but here in the state of Michigan children can babysit children as long as they are mature enough. Here again is that mature thing right. It is still up to our judgment as citizens to choose whether or not kids are mature for anything, because we as the parents believe that’s our job not the governments.

I have not seen evidence the government is trying to ban other fiscal sports like hockey, wrestling, martial arts, boxing and etc. Since these are all brutal sports that have a large percentage of injuries too, why not ban these sports also? Here is a better idea lets ban all activities so our kids can’t learn the fundamentals of any sport or activities until they become adults. Matter of fact why even teach our kids about safe sex or abstinence. Why don’t we let them just go and have a whole bunch of kids just like China used too.

There is an article from “Outside the Lines” with a survey from several parents about the seriousness of concussions. In this article it finds that 57 percent of parents out of a 1000 people agree that there is a serious problem with concussions (Thompson). The brief assessment would more likely hold these parents back from letting their children less than 15 years old play tackle football. This survey asked several questions about football injuries, specifically concussions, in the NFL. About two thirds of these parents said concussions are a serious issue especially in the younger age groups (Thompson).

Concussions have taken there tolls on parents, who see the connections between pro football, college and even down to the pop warner levels and the risk their children face on the field. “Out Side the Lines” survey finds that some people are choosing the quality of life and family over football (Thompson).

ESPN has been there to reach a judging link between concussions and suicide to severe cases of people involved (Thompson). As everyone knows by now Junior Seau took his own life, as the result of massive cotusioning headaches linked to concussions (Thompson). There has always been a worry how people just like Junior would adjust outside of the NFL (Thompson). Junior was the first one to practice every day, the last one to leave. He was the first one to be at practice making huge hits with not only stand up dummies, but his own team mates (Thompson). Junior was a mad man, but a lot of people didn’t realize that he was in so much pain, because he was living his dream of a professional football player (Thompson). Junior is not the only player that has had concussions, but he now a statistic, because he took his own life and now is the center...
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