Originally posted by NinerG94:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
He is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Parents have been discouraging their kids from playing football, and honestly, how can you blame them? Head trauma is almost impossible to avoid. You either have to create a super large helmet or simply disallow hard hitting.
I don't agree with this at all and if parents watch the NFL and actually think its comparable to anything their kids will see at the pee wee, high school, or college level then they are completely clueless. Everyone of these guys are all world athletes. The guys struggling to make an nfl roster are probably ten times better than most kids will ever play against in their lives.
From my experience, yes, parents are being irrational when they keep their kids out of football at the younger pee-wee levels. In many years involved with youth football I've seen ONE kid held out of a game for "concussion-like symptoms", and that was last year in this new era of hyper-cautiousness. Truth of the matter is the kid in question is a big baby, got his bell rung slightly, and milked it for all it was worth.
But once these kids start hitting puberty, gaining mass/muscle/speed around 12-14 yrs old, they don't have to be future NFL or D1 players to produce the collisions that can cause head injuries. There are things we can do to try and mitigate this, tackling techniques, equipment, penalties, etc., but the fact remains it is a violent sport and that risk is always there.