I've long wondered how playing football can possibly be allowed by religions
that regard the human body as a temple. Statistics have shown over and over
that participation causes damage to the body, and especially to the brain.
Every year that a person plays in the NFL reduces their life expectancy, and
veteran players can expect to live about 55 years! Surely anyone can see the
inconsistencies in a culture that worships football, yet regard the human body
as a sacred vessel.
As an High School Official for Football, I am estatic that the Utah High School
Atheltic Association is taking concussion serious.this year officals
have been asked to watch more closely for Helmet to Helmet, or any head contact
with the hand or arm. They want us to flag it. Remind the players to keep
it clean and watch for signs of Concussions. Hopefully with the penalties, the
amount of head shots will be reduced. Another thing I feel is important change
is If we see a player who demostrates these signs of concussion, we will send
them off the field to be examined by a medical personel.Some people
think this is over reacting, I can tell you from first hand experience that this
is a life altering issue. If we do not protect our kids from hard hits, life for
them will change forever.
A close friend played college football at BYU in the 1980s when players were
told to "man it up" and "play hurt." Today he cannot
remember what he said to me only a few minutes before. He is anxious, can't see
clearly, and wonders why the simplest things are so hard for him. His brain was
beaten up and he pays it for today. Football coaches have much to answer for.
This editorial focuses on concussions. But research highlighted on a PBS program
last night shows kids are suffering brain damage even when they don't experience
concussions. The constant pounding to the head in play after play, hit after
hit, is causing damage to the brains of many of these players that is likely
permanent and potentially serious. I admit I like to watch football
and root for my team. But I have to wonder if it's really all that important
that we are willing to let these young people suffer life-altering brain damage.
Liberal Larry has no clue.I too am a High School official and the
emphasis is to call any contact to the head, on purpose or not. I've always
called the bad ones, now it's the non-bad ones that will also at times merit a
foul. The helmets don't have to hit to have a foul called. That said,
sometimes head to head contact will occur that doesn't merit a foul.The onus is on the coaches to start teaching proper blocking and tackling
techniques to keep their players from getting hurt. Also players and parents
shouldn't watch what happens in the pros or college and embrace those
techniques. Hits against defenseless players will still merit a foul no matter
what they are.