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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Football risks

January 10, 2014

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To the editor:

I am fully aware of Americas love affair with football and, yes, I know that getting out of bed and going to class involves a certain amount of risk. However, the life-changing injuries involved with football are really becoming alarming.

In certain states, football has become almost a religion. I am thinking particularly in Texas, where I once lived. Anyone who tries to warn young people of the hazards along with their parents is quickly discredited and all but burned in effigy. Not just Texas, but in almost every state. The problem is this: the younger they start the higher the risks of cumulative chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

What I propose is that, at every level, those who choose to play the game should be fully informed of the alarming statistics. Some say our national love affair with the NFL is our substitute for the excitement of war. Oddly enough the odds are much better in the military forces than in the NFL against crippling brain injury.

As far as cage fighting is concerned, where the winner continues to pound his opponent on the floor, I can think of no possible excuse for that not being outlawed. Well so much for wishing for a more civilized nation. The very idea of a civilized society requires civilized thought and informed, caring citizens. We as a nation seem very short of both

Comments

Fred Mertz 11 months, 3 weeks ago

You had me until you got to cage fighting.

Football involves little kids who can't make an informed choice. Cage fighting generally involves adults. It is their choice.

Beator 11 months, 3 weeks ago

The fix is simple. Quit using the high tech battering rams placed on peoples heads. The tendency for participants is to use their heads as tools to tackle.

Put the old leather helmet on their heads and watch them do all they can to protect their heads.

Scott Burkhart 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I share your opinion, Mike. I think less is more. The less padding and protective gear, within reason, less life altering injuries will occur. It's a rough sport and there will be injuries but the temptation to run into something with your head is too great with the state of the art helmets that provide a false sense of security.

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