Friday, October 28, 2016

Children shouldn't play football

After 25 years of playing football, six of them in the NFL, former Minnesota Viking Greg DeLong feels like a "walking time bomb" who could end up with brain disease from all the hits he took on the field.

And now DeLong has another reason to worry: His 12-year-old son Jake has followed him onto the gridiron---and is part of a groundbreaking study that found brain changes in children after just one season of suiting up.

The more head blows a child sustained, the more changes were seen in their brain tissue, according to the study released Monday. The effect was seen even in young players who did not have a concussion...

From yesterday's New York Times, a story on a significant decline in the NFL's TV ratings:

Then there are factors that have a harder-to-quantify impact, like the N.F.L.’s continuing public-relations struggles involving issues like domestic violence, brain trauma and national anthem protests. “They have largely been side issues, but even if it is a psychic toll, it’s hard to have that much of a drumbeat without their having some effect,” said Robert Boland, director of the sports administration program at Ohio University.

Earlier posts on the issue: here, here, and here on soccer, which has the same problem.



At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Children should not play football, ride bikes, walk, or leave the house in any way except in the back seat of a loving parent's SUV.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Dumb comment, but deep in your tiny brain you know that. That's why you're anonymous, right?

Obviously, some activities are more dangerous than others. Given the risks, an informed parent wouldn't let a child play football or ride a bike. Or play soccer, which involves "heading" the ball. Baseball, basketball, swimming, and track are safer choices.

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so relieved you didn't mention walking as one of your approved activities, Rob! Truly a dangerous and deadly obsession that the nuts at Walk SF and other carpetbagger groups are trying to force on our kids.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I didn't mention it because this is about activities that can cause concussions in children. Nothing to say about that? What a surprise. Another failed attempt at cleverness. Keep trying!


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