Now let's have a series of articles on the impact on many other former high
school and college athletes' brains from repetitive subconcussive impact.
Or the financial impact their families take trying to earn their kids a full
ride scholarship, spending several thousand dollars every year on special
equipment, registering for camps, hiring personal coaches and trainers, and
traveling to campuses for unofficial visits. Many parents end up paying more
money than a good college's tuition for their high school student so they
can "save" money by getting a full ride scholarship at a lower level
college, and subsequently have their grades, degrees and internships suffer
because of time commitments to keep their place on the team.I have
to say I love amateur athletics as much as anyone, but let's have a little
perspective; it's not all sunshine and rainbows in the future for these
So, does every football player learn 'life' lessons? And, what about
anyone who was excluded from football, for it is very exclusive? It's
pretty tough to justify supporting sports even at this level while it consumes
so many scholastic resources. It's the elite jock club, not a teaching
Take off the pads, take off the helmets, and play away. Our heads have sensors
to say "don't slam me into someone else's head". It is called
pain. And no one's brains will get scrambled.
WOW! The first two comments on the board are pretty interesting.There is no question that football can be a dangerous sport. Fortunately we
have learned a lot about concussions and coaches and trainers at every level are
doing a better job at teaching kids techniques that will help them avoid
concussions. More importantly, they are better at taking care of athletes that
have concussions.It is not high school sport's fault that there
are parents with delusions of grandeur. Those same parents would probably make
the same mistakes with whatever it is their kid is into: dance, drama, debate.
You're talking about grown adults that have every right to make whatever
mistakes they would like to.Not every football player learns the
lessons that they should, but there are a lot more that do than don't!
Does every kid that grows up in a good christian home end up a good christian?
Football, other sports and just about every high school extracular activity
teaches the same lessons that Covey explains and keeps kids out of trouble. I
know kids that wouldn't have graduated if it wasn't for high school
As a Provo Hiogh alum that grew up, played football, and went to school with the
Covey's I can tell you that they were all good athletes so Stphen sells
himself a little short when he say's he wasn't. And I agree with his
message completely, there is a lot to be learned from team sports and in the
days he played, and even with myself, his younger brothers and the kids our age,
it was far different than it is now. Coaches did pretty much yell all of the
time, they did grab you, shake you up, get in your face. It is just the way it
was. None of us is worse for it.@hutteriteTo this day
almost no high school football programs have cuts, if you want to be on the team
you can be just as long as you are willing to work. It doesn't mean
you'll see much time on the field but you can be on the team. Now other
sports like basketball and baseball do have cuts but football does not. In
otherwords your assertion was wrong. You need to educate yourself more about it
This was a great article. Thanks Mr Covey for sharing your insights and what you
learned. I wholeheartedly agree. I just laugh at those who are arguing with you
about what football and team sports can do. I read and re-read the article and
no where in the article did you say that everyone should play football, and
money should be taken out of other areas of the school to pay for football, but
there are those who have to take the fun out of everything. If you don't
want to learn lifes lessons by playing football or team sports, then don't
play them. Learn your lessons somewhere else, but don't discount what he
learned by all the negative drivel. Me, my brothers, my nephews and my son have
loved playing sports and can say that we learned the same lessons and skills
that Mr Covey did.
Great article! Football is hard. I loved playing in High School and
experienced all of the same things described in the article. The
life lessons from playing football are still paying off. I learned how to do
hard things.We have an epidemic of kids who want to quit when the
going gets tough. I have never seen kids being coddled more than they are now.
Parents hover over their kids. Why on earth do parents show up with lawn chairs
for their kids football practices? Go home! let you kids learn to cope on
their own. Unless the coach needs to be watched closely for being verbally
abusive. But most parents are too scared to speak up even then. So, go
home!Also, it is ok to not play football. There are plenty of other
hard things they can be doing. Just make sure that kids are doing them. Turn
off the TV and get outside and learn how to suffer! It will be good for you.
Good for you parents too!
2020 and JNA, like I said, I love amateur athletics, football being my absolute
favorite. I played high school football, and considered finding a college that
would have me on their team just so I could keep playing. The lessons I learned
are still invaluable to me. However, I consider myself blessed to have grown up
in a home with a mother who doesn't know how many yards are needed to gain
a first down. Football was a conditional privilege, not an expectation. As a
result, I'm funding myself in a great educational program, while my parents
have flexibility to help when needed.Regarding concussions:
treatment, diagnosis and prevention are better than long ago. But researchers
and practitioners are just scratching the tip of the ice berg. I recently read a
European medical journal's study of patients treated for mild traumatic
brain injuries in the early 2000's showing significant differences in
cognitive and behavioral brain function compared to individuals of similar
origin, age and gender only 10 years later. As someone who has both been treated
for mTBI and later depression and anxiety in the last 7 years, I have to agree
that these are connected.
if he didn't have that last name, this would be another boring article
about a high school athlete reliving past glory - wait, it still was. What was
the point? Lots of great people out there who didn't have the luxury of
having superstar dads. Why don't we profile some of them instead? Where
much is given, much is required. We are all supposed to be fascinated with the
guy who started with 10 talents, but meanwhile the ones who started with 2 or 3
are boring. I consider it the other way around. I'm bored with kids who
grow up with everything and then expect us to worship them.
Having participated in high school football every word in this article had
meaning. One of the greatest lessons in team sports is endurance and teamwork.
The advances in medical knowledge and hydration and cross training have made
things much better than thiry or forty years ago. Anything that requires
physical, mental and coordination effort is going to help in many other parts of
ones life. This was an excellent and helpful article.
Uncle Rico should become a motivational speaker!