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Are High-Impact Sports Worth The Risk For Young Athletes?

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Junior Seau #55 of the Miami Dolphins tackles Tiki Barber of the New York Giants during their game at Giants Stadium in 2003.  Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Junior Seau #55 of the Miami Dolphins tackles Tiki Barber of the New York Giants during their game at Giants Stadium in 2003.
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

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Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? Should there be new education, equipment or rule changes to help prevent concussions in football?

Introduction

While football fans prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, the National Football League (NFL) has come under intense scrutiny for what critics are calling a “concussion crisis” or “concussion epidemic”.

More than 4,500 former professional football players filed suit against the league, accusing it of fraud over its handling of concussions. Last year, the players won the suit, forcing the NFL to pay $765 million according to the AP, including “$675 million for compensatory claims for players with neurological symptoms, $75 million for baseline testing for asymptomatic men and $10 million for medical research and education.” Now, one judge is saying even this enormous amount might not be enough to cover the costs of the players.

The settlement came on the tails of a documentary co-produced by PBS FRONTLINE and ESPN that detailed the NFL’s efforts to suppress research linking football-related concussions to severe mental disorders later in life. ESPN later pulled out of the “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” due to pressure from the NFL, its largest business partner. PBS will air an encore presentation of the documentary January 28.

The controversial research concluded that repeated knocks to the head, especially but not limited to concussions, cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that can cause symptoms of dementia, including memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, often times many years after the trauma. Not all football players see these symptoms, suggesting there might be other factors, like genetics, that play a part in developing CTE.

However, CTE is not just limited to pro athletes who hit each other with tremendous force – reports of CTE in young athletes are on the rise, and doctors say players who enter the game early in life are particularly vulnerable to damaging their developing brains.

This research has opened debate on whether young athletes should be playing heavy contact sports like football, or if the hits are just part of the game. Is playing football, or even soccer and lacrosse, worth the risk of causing brain disease in the future?

Resource

PBS NewsHour video Young Football Players Take Big-League Hits to Head
Virginia Tech researchers placed helmets with sensors on 7- and 8-year-old football players and collected data on more than 750 hits to the head over a season. The findings are the first quantitative study of the acceleration and risk that young brains face in youth football. Special correspondent Stone Phillips reports.


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More Resources

PBS NewsHour video New Study Examines Effects of Concussions in Children
A new report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine focusing on sports-related concussions in youth suggests that the culture of sports, poor helmet design and risky sports create risk factors that could lead to medical complications later in life.

PBS FRONTLINE video “League of Denial preview”
Watch the trailer to the FRONTLINE documentary about concussions in the NFL, then watch the full-length video online or on PBS.

PBS NewsHour Extra article Head Injuries Raise Questions About Safety of Football
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, more than 41 NFL players have suffered a concussion — an injury to the brain — leading the league to begin issuing fines of up to $75,000 for harsh hits and suspensions for players who tackle above the neck and lead with their helmets.

KQED QUEST video Sidelined: Sports Concussions
Studying the damage caused by a concussion at its source, inside the brain, is no easy feat. As Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital told me, “What we’re dealing with is one of the most complicated injuries in the most complicated organ in the body. The brain has millions of cells that use many, many neurotransmitters to be able to talk to different regions of the brain, so it’s very complicated.”

PBS NewsHour video Pop Warner Football Issues New Safety Rules
Pop Warner Football — the organization that oversees many kids’ tackle football teams across the nation — recently issued new rules, concerned about the health effects of hard hits on young athletes’ brains.

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  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    Although I strongly recommend not playing contact sports due to the lethal (and potentially fatal) risks involved, I feel that it should ultimately be up to choice of the individuals involved. Despite the fact that permanent brain damage is one of the worse injuries, I feel that restricting the freedom and choices of any child is wrong. If they have fun and are willing to take the risks, they should be allowed to do the sport, they just need to accept the potential consequences. However, I DO feel that there should be new education and rule changes to help lower the risk of these injuries. I’d like for the kids to enjoy the sport with less risk of concussions, so a good education and more secure helmet (like the one in the video above) would be very welcome. As the video said itself, “Due to the lack of specific chest and neck muscles, the kids are like bobbleheads. In other words, every hit is a surprise hit”. And a good education seems to be helping, as the brain fatalities have gone down the past few decades /.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. I do think that the kids should have a choice. If they want to play Football, they should be able to play. I just think they need the new helmets so they don’t take hits that can damage their brains in the future.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    @KQEDedspace I don’t think that young people should be playing heavy contact sports because they can cause concussions. If you have to many concussions as a kid, it can cause permanent brain damage. The only sport I am ok with is Football because they are building a new helmet that can prevent permanent brain damage. Stephen Duma said that each player in the youth league takes 107 hits each season. That means that there are more chances for each player to have a concussion each season. He also said that most of the hits are 15-20g, which is the equivalent of an aggressive pillow fight. His study recorded 38 impacts of 40g or greater, which is in the lower range of a concussion. All of these hits occurred in practice. I think that if this helmet works, then it will impact the game of Football forever. #DoNowConcussion

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    POP! A football player has impacted another young teen at speeds enough to kill where it a car running. POP! That happens again the next day. POP! POP! POP! It happens again and again and again day after day after day. Football is a sport which shows athletic ability and physical strength. People win awards, gain wealth, but most importantly: damage their body.
    Football players are masters of athletic charisma. Their bodies must peak the ability of others in order to catch the ball and run and hit and run. The average football player runs at about 12 mph. The average car has a 5% chance of killing you going at 20mph. Even though they do go slower, the athletes still can cause some serious body damage even with all the “protective gear”. Brain concussion is a major risk in playing football due to “head-on” approaches at 12 mph.
    In the novel, “Pop”, the story focuses on a new kid in town who becomes friends with an old football player who suffers from Alzheimer’s and acts like he’s 19. Despite being a fiction, this is the scary reality of football injuries. You can suffer from massive brain concussion which can cause illnesses like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
    In conclusion, the barbaric act that is football is an act of entertainment like gladiator battles but should be something that needs to be given many more restrictions.

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    Football is a risk vs. reward sport. I believe that football and other sports should be left alone and not have anymore restrictions. If you think the risk is greater than the reward then DON’T PLAY THE SPORT! Don’t restrict those who already play it. I have played football for a year in middle school and it was fun. It was kind of nice to tackle a player to the ground. Enough about me, football is a fun sport that should not have anymore restrictions. Even if you can restrict it further, how can you? Make everyone wear foam padding while playing in a foam stadium? That’ll be fun.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with the part that anyone should be able to play Football. I think that if they want to play Football and willing to take hits that can injure them, then they should at least wear the new helmets so that they won’t have any damage to their brain in the future.

  • Lbateman_2boydbence

    This is America we can do what we want and I think if people are willing to take the risk of hurting themselves they can. If people are worried about their child being hurt then they can take them out of that sport. Getting injured in a sport is a terrible thing, but people have free will to make their own decisions on when they feel the need to take their child out of that certain sport.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. I think t hat if they want to play Football and are willing to take a career-threatening hit, they should be allowed to. I just think that they need to wear those new helmets so they don’t take a hit that can impact their brain in the future.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    Football was men’t to be a contact sport but has gone far and as football has moved on the gear has changed and knowing that the gear has changed people see that it gets safer so hitting my opponent harder won’t hurt him. Thats not always the case stated in by researchers who look a G’s when getting hit in the youth league high amounts of G’s still come out of the impact and thats with the equipment on the person. Sometimes its also the commitment that is involved at least that was what it was like for me. I Knew I was going to get hit and I did’t really like football either at that time but I took the chance and tried it.Sometimes It is wether the parent agrees or not an understands the possibilities. It is a concerning topic and it is sometimes worrying and scary and it is important to feel like that in order to make this sport safer so it is definitely something that shouldn’t be ignored.

  • Trevon & Damion

    Yes, high impact Sports are worth the risk for young
    athletes. These athletes are trained for these impacts in practice. When you
    play football you don’t care because you are trying to make it somewhere. If
    you don’t think it is worth the risk then you don’t have to play. It is a privilege
    to play football at a high level no one is forcing you to play. You have to be
    a one of a kind player to make it in these sports, physically as well as mentally.

  • Ethan

    @kqededspace when kids commit to playing a physical sport it takes a lot to make it to the practices, the physical side of it, and the mental factor. So when they say is it worth it I get confused because it’s there choice, if they feel like they are going to get hurt than don’t do it. #DoNowConcussion

    • Luke patton

      You are going to get hurt regardless when you play a heavy contact sport like football. They prepare you for what you will experience, but sports like that are just not safe. You can try to make it safe, but other than that you can’t really do anything. If your gonna play it then you should know the risk you are taking.

  • Shemar_D_2

    I think that kids should be able to play football and other contact sports. Concussions are a big deal but only 19% of all concussions come from football. Right now the kids equipment is good. Maybe making sure that schools have regulation gear is a good thing. From there the best thing to do would be to have better medical attention during games and practices. People that can tell after a big hit whether the kid has a concussion or not. Or making it so that more coaches take out players after big hits.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    High Impact sports are a risk for you. So is Driving, Flying, Walking, Running, Swimming, Hiking, and many other things we do on a day to day basis. Everything you do you take a risk in doing it. But this is America, and in America you have freedom. If you want to play football, you acknowledge the risk of that sport, and you go play it. In America you have free will. So yes, their is a risk in playing football, but a law banning football is unconstitutional, and the only person who can determine if playing football is worth the risk, is you. A person dies in a car crash every 13 minuets. 12 people die from a football injury every year. Their is risk in everything we do, and the only person who can decide if the risk is worth the reward, is you. The answer and reasoning is different for everybody.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/average-12-school-football-players-die-year-study-article-1.1309671
    http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/stats.html

  • Luke patton

    I think that kids should be able to play football and other big contact sports. Like Shemar said “Concussions are a big deal but only 19% of all concussions come from football”. You can pretty much get a concussion from about anything if you are just that clumsy. So, I think they should be able to play contact heavy sports and when or if they do get a concussion we need to be ready with the right medical equipment. Until that happens we should just be more careful and if a player has concussion like symptoms than take him out of the game.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I believe that this is a risk that these young guys need to take for this sport. Football is a sport with a lot of contact and a lot of hard hits. Although there is a chance you could get a concussion, just suck it up and play. If you don’t like the sound of this, then just quit. 19% of concussions come from sports (chart on bottom), but that only came from people that took the risk and didn’t get to lucky. But 20% of concussions come from both assaults and vehicle. So until concussions from sports rise above that, I say no. If you don’t want to take the risk then quit your sport.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I think that kids should be allowed to play high-contact sports like football and soccer. In youth football, an estimated 250,000 concussions occur each year. There is a lot of concern about this, but we need to consider that there are many other ways kids can get concussions from everyday things like motor vehicle accidents to falls. Also, there are many ways to prevent these concussions from occurring in the first place. There are new helmets being developed that use thermoplastic technology to brace the impact of tackling. And football shouldn’t be the only concern either, as it only accounts for 37% of youth sport-related concussions.

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    I think that people are more concerned about sports and fisical pain today then I’m the past they knew that fiscal sports such as football could cause pain such as concussions. People have been playing, living, and working out side sense the beginning. It is called life you play you pay every thing works that way. success can’t be achieved without risk.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    I personally think that football can be dangerous, but that does not mean that kids shouldn’t be able to play it. If you really think about it everything life has to offer can be just as, if not more, dangerous than football or any other contact sport. Riding in any vehicle for example. Cars and airplanes are so extremely dangerous, but over the years we as humans have found ways to make these safer. Same with football, over the years we have found ways to make it safer. Helmets prevent concussions and brain damage quite a bit. Given people still get concussions every so often, but its less than it was 50 years ago. Pads as a whole prevent damage to the body. If you want to play a contact sport you should know what you are getting into. Here are some stats showing how many injuries there were. Notice that the numbers go down as time goes on.
    http://www.unc.edu/depts/nccsi/2011FBAnnual.pdf

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe that young teens should not play high-impact sports until they get better equipment that drastically help prevent concussions. The video states “753 football players who are 6 years old get concussions. Average highschoolers who get concussions from football is 500. The average number of college students concussions is at 1,000.” Which means that the older you get you are more in risked to get a concussion that is permanent. The video also states ” 38 football players out of average football team gets 40 g’s or more” This means that these players are most likely to have brain damage. Also, if you look at the graph below, it shows how many teens get symptoms from these concussions. The highest symptom is headaches, which can result in a severe injure.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I think that since not everyone can get their hands on a concussion proof helmet, or even equiment that prevents head damage they should do a touch style sport such as flag football for people in the age group of 6-13 because there are more football players in that age group. And like in the video once you get like 30 or more “g”‘s they start adding up and can lead to brain damage when you get older so if 13 and below ages are already damaging their brain at such a young age. THE GRAGH IS SHOWING AGES FOR FOOTBALL

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    As a football player of 6 years and a boxer of 2 I am no stranger to hard knocks and big hits. But all of these high impact sports are never going to be completely safe unless you take hitting and contact out of the sports completely. The younger the athlete usually there are more risks, you have a smaller person, with lower speed, lower pain tolerance and lower strength. With that known you would think it would be common sense to know your kid will most likely get hurt, so why have extra education about it? Even though injury is a big chance I would allow kids to play. The longer you play the better you get so if a child wants to be good at a sport let him/her play.

  • ColinB_3BoydBence

    I think that kids should be allowed to play high contact sports. Football is a sport that contains hard hits and can cause concussions. It can happen at any time and hard hits. If you don’t like the sound of that don’t even try it cause its not the sport for you.
    20% of all youth kind of concussions come from most aggressive sports. I also don’t believe they should change rules of the sport to prevent concussions because that would change the whole purpose of the game for some people. If they changed the rules to not hitting that hard until they are out of youth ages then no one from the upper class would play football that well.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    High impact sports are good for young athletes, as long as some of the hard impact is taken away. Because the bodies of children are not yet fully developed, and the above video proved how that can be a problem, there can be mandatory neck supports on the shoulder pads as attached to this post. Once the player turns 13 OR begins middle school, the neck support will slowly become smaller and then cease to exist as the athlete’s body becomes more proportional. Also attached is a link talking about new equipment. And although one of the problems may be that the new system is more costly, I believe that most if not all parents would rather be willing to expend a few hundred extra how than have to pay and deal with a lifetime supply of rehab and injury therapy.
    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/aug/28/the-cost-of-football/#axzz2rcwKIeLe

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    I think that kids should still be able to play these sports no matter what kind of damage can occur. They have the option to decide whether they want to play or not. Not letting them play for the reason that they will get hurt is a horrible decision. The equipment they get is tailored to protect them to the fullest potential. Sure we can improve the equipment ,which would be a much better solution to this debate, but denying them the access to which could be their future job is incredibly un-ethical. We all have the gift of free will, so if people decide to play these sports they take on the understanding of what can happen to them. Yes its a dangerous sport, Yes kids can get hurt, but again….We should not keep them from what they love to do.

  • Jason

    If you think about it, most sports are at a high risk for impact; actually everything is at a high risk of impact, because life is filled with surprises. I personally think that football has more positives then it does negatives, I have played the sport for 6 years, only experiencing a minor fraction on my right knee, and broken fingers; that is nothing compared to what people do to them selves just walking! I find nothing wrong with high impact sports, because it allows the players to release energy. I mean us as humans hurt are selves all the time, why does it matter if it’s releasing energy?

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    Just like the coach said “There is no reason to be afraid of the information,It’s real,It’s there,its what we do with it.” These kids clearly enjoy these sports and for people to take away the love or passion like this from these kids would be wrong.Concussions are very serious and should be prevented as much as possible that is why we have helmets that help. If we continue to work on improving on the design of the helmets to make this safer I definitely think we should let the youth play! I think letting the youth practice at a young age is wonderful and will benefit them especially if they’re considering this as a career. As long as we continue with research and keep improving LET THEM PLAY! We should not be scared of this helpful information.
    -Lilly C

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? I myself feel like it shouldn’t be allowed the risk are to high for no reward. But as he said in the video “The median hit was 15g’s which is like a hard hit from a pillow.” The number of hits that kids take in a season is over 100. Even though I don’t believe kids should be allowed to play I do not believe that the leagues should be disbanded. The most importent thing is that we can do is that we educate the parents. And let them make the decision for their kids

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    Football is one of many impact sports. Smaller kids can get concussion easier compared to adults because their muscles aren’t fully developed. Small kids have a long way to go to develop their brain and bones. By getting concussions when little you aren’t helping your brain grow, but we can’t stop those people who want to do what they love to do. All we can do is make it safer. In my opinions tackle football should be held off until your around 9 or 10 so that you have some time to grow in peace. Better equipment and coaching should be provided to help younger people enjoy playing football in safer way.

    • Ngan La

      I believe kids should be able to start playing football/ high-impact sports whenever they like. If a child is 6 years old, and completely loves football, why hold him back from pursuing a passion? However, I do agree that equipment such as helmets and padding should be improved. For young people , specifically, gears should altered to REDUCE the risk of injuries. I also think how to properly wear safety gear and strapping on equipment, should be taught by coaches – it is never safe to assume that an athlete knows how to properly wear their gear when it comes to high-impact sports.

  • Luca S.

    I think that kids should be allowed to play football although its very common to get concussions even with the proper gear. They have the option to decide whether they want to play or not. If it doesn’t sound like the kind of sport you want to play then don’t play it. If they completely redesigned the helmet to absorb more impact then it would decrease the number of concussions by a lot. Sports Equipment companies should put more thought into the making of football equipment. Other injuries such as breaking bones and ACL-Tears are hard to decrease because there is so much impact.

    resource:http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    I believe that kids under the age of 12 should not be allowed play strong impact sports because they have weaker skulls and little kids shouldn’t get possible permanent brain injuries for recreation. There were “750 hits to the head over a season” for 7-8 year old boys in the past year.

  • Bruce Wang

    I think that kids should be allow to play football if there’s some adult around them to keep them safe. Although foot ball is a dangerous sport and easy to get hurt, kids should decided if they want to play it or not. If we want our kids to be stronger and healthier, we could not limit them from choosing sport, because every kind of sport could hurt kids.The only thing we should do is to try our best to keep them safe, we could not limit them because of the danger. And we should also teach them how to protect themselves. If the company could make a better gear, it will help to protect kids from getting hurt from the sports.
    resource: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/
    (It’s about head injury in the sport and how to avoid it. )

  • Rowan SS

    Concussions are very dangerous to development of the brain and can cause severe brain damage. Kids and teens like to play high contact s[ports such as football, and I think that they still can if only a few rules are added. Such as have it so that if someone appears to be deliberately tackling above the head or charging they should have sever consequences. Also, if there is a chance of someone having a concussion, get them professionally checked out before being allowed to continue. It is not fair to take a game away from kids that have been played for such a long time, but we can try to make it safer to play.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      Honestly i agree but also disagree because hitting is like the mainn thing that happens in that sport and i agree that it could be maybe a little safer without changing the rules.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    “753 football players who are 6 years old get concussions. Average highschoolers who get concussions from football is 500.” I believe that kids under the age of 12 should not be allowed play
    strong impact sports because they have weaker skulls and little kids
    shouldn’t get possible permanent brain injuries for recreation. There
    were “750 hits to the head over a season” for 7-8 year old boys in the
    past year. Any of those could have been permanent brain damages depending on the child who was hit. It’s not worth it, you could potentially be risking their lives for what? There are less risky sports kids under 12 could play until they are old enough to make the decision on their own.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    I feel that there’s too much emphasis on athleticism and playing sports. A lack of natural athletic ability often makes kids feel left out, which can cause depression, and that kids are playing younger and younger is worrying. Coaches push kids too hard and don’t always listen when they say they’re hurt or need too stop. “Players who enter the game early in life are particularly vulnerable to damaging their developing brains,” which is just proof that we need to change rules, update padding and gear, and coaches need to listen to their players when they say they’re hurt or need to take a break.

    • Guest

      That is not what the discussion question was asking

      • Luke_A_Period3

        I agree with guest user, that is an excellent point you make

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    “In the 6-8 year old category there is an average of 107 impacts per player”. Getting hit that many times in a time span of about 2 hours can be very damaging to the growth of children in such a young age, it can affect their brain because getting a concussion, in my opinion, at that age can be very dangerous further on in life. I think that kids that age should still be able to play the sports they want but more protection should be provided for kids of a certain age so that their body won’t get as damaged so early in their growth.

  • Ryan_R_2

    I think playing heavy contact is more of a choice, than “they should or should not” Children are naturally rough and rowdy, and sometimes need something to get all that energy out. What is one of the best ways to express that? Sports! Sports can be a huge part of someones childhood, and may even follow them into their adult hood. Some adults can make a great amount of money using their athletic talents towards sports. There can be rewards, fame money. I think instead of people not playing the games, we need to just make more high-tech safety gear.
    A safety gear helmet that is being worked on.

  • emily_p_2shuttle

    I think that the children of our generation should be allowed to choose wether or not they play football or lacrosse or soccer. Research shows that repeated knocks to the head, especially but not limited to concussions, cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Although this doesn’t mean that it WILL happen. All it means is that we should be more cautious about the sports. We shouldn’t limit our kids to non- high impact sports, we should just be careful about how they play and make sure they have high-quality protective gear.

  • Bailey Rodrigues

    I think that children should be able to play high impact sports with the right protection but it is very dangerous because the risk of getting a concussion is high. personally I don’t think children under the age of 12 or 13 should be able to play a sport like football unless its tag football because younger children are not as strong and able to protect themselves.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      Honestly I disagree with that statement because yes children have a high risk of getting a concussion but not being able to lay football at the age below 12 is just like saying one of your hobbies are illegal.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with your statement because having kids between the ages of 12 and 13 (below those ages) they still have the possibility to get a concussion when they’re older. What could happen is that we could create new protective gear that protects their bodies more while playing high impact sports. I do agree that kids who are younger than 12 or 13 should not be playing as aggressively as people who are already in college or older, the level of aggressiveness should be considered by the age category the kids play in.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that heavy contact sports should more of a choice for the participator. They should also know the risks of concussions and injuries. “750 hits to the head over a season” That’s a lot for a young boy who’s brains is still developing. CTE is serious and needs to be treated with respect. Brain damage is almost irreversible and should be avoided.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    There should be new education and equipment changes to help prevent concussions in football. I think that we can always make modifications in technology and especially when it comes down to peoples health. If people are getting head injuries its about the impact that it taken to their head. This could be due to the helmet, if the helmet was more padded or even if it was a different structure it could protect someone a lot more. In the video it says “There is no reason to be afraid of the information,It’s real,It’s there,its what we do with it.” If we take the information that we have and use it to make technology better and football more safe we could still be able to enjoy the game.

  • Tino Mahoney

    Well in a kids case I think if a child wants to play and there parents know the risks and so do they, I think they should be able to play a sport like football. Even though football has a high risk of injury (specifically concussions), every sport puts you in risk. I play baseball, I could possibly get a concussion my next game, is it likely? not really, I think its kinda the same thing. Honestly think the last time you heard your friend or someone you know got a concussion from football, probably haven’t in a while or at all. But I do understand the players conflict with the league, they should get properly taken care of if a concussion does happen to them. I also think with the tech we have today there should be a reasonable fix. Perhaps making the helmets better. I just think if football is so dangerous, why do so many people still play it today? I just think the stakes are higher and if you don’t wanna take the risk then don’t play, or convince your parents to let you not. I didn’t play football because I was worried I’d break my arm for baseball and my parents understood.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/pop-warner-football-issues-new-safety-rules/

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, with all the technology that is available to us these days we should be able to create helmets or gear that will be more protective and prevent a severe concussion. and I also agree that the parents know what could happen to their kids playing certain sports so they don’t get surprised when their kids get a concussion or get hurt because they know the risks the game has. Sports are a big part of the United States and people won’t stop practicing them even though they know the risks so again I believe that we are able to build and create better equipment.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    Young people should be allowed to play heavy contact sports because it prepares their body for future contact. Although it may cause permanent brain damage there can be new equipment developed to protect the brain of children. One rule change
    could be cutting practice time. “The effect of an 80g hit on a college player
    vs. an 80g hit on a 7 or 8 year old is still 80g’s its just how much the 7 or 8
    year old can take.” And, “the harder hits were made in practice and more hit
    were made within the practice.” Since practice is where harder and more hits
    happen cutting the number of practices down per week to 1 or 2 will decrease
    the possible head injuries. Young kids should be playing sports to get outside
    and get their young body’s prepared for more heavy contact sports latter in
    their life.

    As you can see by this chart, the kids between 6 and 10 do not see many concussions in sports or out of sports.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    Young people should be allowed to play contact sports. Head injury can happen no matter what age you play the sport. There is always the risk of getting hurt but taking precautions can lower the danger. Sports are needed in order to keep kids active and to better themselves in school. Being active for at least 30 minutes a day during school can help a child to become more focused on school work. “Researchers predicted that kids who took physical education (PE) during the school day would do better academically…it helps kids stay focused.” says Sparks People. Participating in a team sport can help a child to develop social skills, motor skills, cooperation skills, and teamwork skills. Being in a sport can teach you to work hard and to strategize. Being in a sport helps you to develop a mental focus that can be used in all areas of your life. Not only does it help you mentally but it can help you with grades. “According to the study, the 35,000 student athletes in LAUSD attended an average of 21 more days of school per year than their counterparts, while they also sported GPAs some 0.55 to 0.74 points higher than non-athletes,” Cameron Smith states. Being a part of a team sport gives you the will power and strength to get through school thus, better grades. Starting a team sport young better prepares you of your future a head.

  • Guest

    Playing heavy contact sports can cause permanent brain damage to anyone at any age, and as said in the article, “However, CTE is not just limited to pro athletes who hit each other with tremendous force – reports of CTE in young athletes are on the rise, and doctors say players who enter the game early in life are particularly vulnerable to damaging their developing brains.” So, the question is, should we let young people participate in those sports? In my opinion, as long as they have the right equipment, knowledge and play with people that are their own size, it is okay for them to participate.
    When you play sports with people that are about the same size was you, it is less likely for major injuries to occur. I do believe that there should be new, more protective equipment, to help prevent these injuries. Like in gymnastics you don’t have much equipment you use to protect yourself while you are flipping through the air and that may be one of the reasons why there are so many injuries, some being concussions. As said by Vincent Nittoli in the article “Concussions in Gymnastics”, “Not only are they caused by a direct impact, such as a gymnast hitting her head on the balance beam, but they are also caused by indirect forces, such as a gymnast landing hard enough on her feet resulting in a shaking or movement of her brain inside her skull.” This being said, a possible way to help prevent concussion from indirect contact may be to improve the material that is used to make the floors for the floor exercise so when they hit the floor it won’t be as rough of a landing.
    Over all, in any sport having more protective equipment and knowledge on how to prevent concussions/injuries the players and people who are part of these sports can still have all the fun and enjoyment of the game as well as the protection, awareness and support that the equipment and knowledge gives them.

    This is the link for ‘ Concussions in Gymnastics’:
    http://usagym.org/pages/home/publications/technique/2009/03/26_concussions.pdf

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes I agree with you. Kids are always susceptible to concussions even when their not playing contact sports. The best thing to do when letting them play contact sports is making sure they have the best equipment they can. Anything else would be involving on field medics.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    Playing heavy contact sports can cause permanent brain damage to anyone at any age, and as said in the article, “However, CTE is not just limited to pro athletes who hit each other with tremendous force – reports of CTE in young athletes are on the rise, and doctors say players who enter the game early in life are particularly vulnerable to damaging their developing brains.” So, the question is, should we let young people participate in those sports? In my opinion, as long as they have the right equipment, knowledge and play with people that are their own size, it is okay for them to participate.

    When you play sports with people that are about the same size was you, it is less likely for major injuries to occur. I do believe that there should be new, more protective equipment, to help prevent these injuries. Like in gymnastics you don’t have much equipment you use to protect yourself while you are flipping through the air and that may be one of the reasons why there are so many injuries, some being concussions. As said by Vincent Nittoli in the article “Concussions in Gymnastics”, “Not only are they caused by a direct impact, such as a gymnast hitting her head on the balance beam, but they are also caused by indirect forces, such as a gymnast landing hard enough on her feet resulting in a shaking or movement of her brain inside her skull.” This being said, a possible way to help prevent concussion from indirect contact may be to improve the material that is used to make the floors for the floor exercise so when they hit the floor it won’t be as rough of a landing.

    Over all, in any sport having more protective equipment and knowledge on how to prevent concussions/injuries the players and people who are part of these sports can still have all the fun and enjoyment of the game as well as the protection, awareness and support that the equipment and knowledge gives them.

    This is the link for ‘ Concussions in Gymnastics’:

    http://usagym.org/pages/home/publications/technique/2009/03/26_concussions.pdf

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    I’m going to be bluntly honest with you here. Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? Well, I’m not going to say no. I understand that football and other sports can cause damage to your body. But you KNEW that going into the sport. I think with all of the equipment to protect the kids from the injury they COULD get, sports are a lot more safe than what they used to be. What? Are we going to make sports so safe to the point they aren’t fun anymore? I think we should very much allow the kids to play football and other sports, but at their own risk.

  • David_N_2

    I believe that high impact sports for young athletes are not worth the risk even if there is proper protective gear present. Stone Phillips states: “…the brain is still developing. It’s not fully formed.” which is very much true. Children, especially those under the age of 13, are still developing the aspects of their body. Even if “…children recover quicker. They can recover sustained injuries a little better…” as Mr. Phillips stated, receiving a continuation of massive impacts could lead to long term damage to the brain or body. Being continuously impacted is like being cut, allowing it to heal again and being cut again. An impact of 80g’s to a college sports player is very lightweight compared to those of youngsters. According to the graph that I’ve provided, it is conspicuous that majority of sports related concussions happen during the age of growth and change. With the research that Mr. Phillips has provided, it should lead to future change in sports equipment structure to ensure more protection. Even if we have more protective sports equipment, it would be wise to avoid risk of damaging your body. Overall, I highly suggest those who are not yet in middle or high school to avoid heavy impact sports so that the body may grow properly, and for those who choose to participate in such activities to understand the risk and be cautious.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    Football, as well as other sports is a
    big part of American life. Many children, teens and adults participate in all
    kinds of sports. One of the most dangerous in terms of head injuries and
    concussions is football. as stated in the article, “More than 4,500 former professional football players filed
    suit against the league, accusing it of fraud over its handling of
    concussions.” This is a huge number and you have to take into
    account concussions from football affcte players at the high school, middle
    school, and even elementary level.

    Concusssions are a serious injury
    that can lead to permenatn brain damage. “repeated
    knocks to the head, especially but not limited to concussions, cause chronic
    traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that
    can cause symptoms of dementia, including memory loss, aggression, confusion
    and depression, often times many years after the trauma.”

    Though not all football players are
    affected by things like this the risk is certainly there.

    This certainly raises concern for
    parents of children wanting to join a contact sport. there are so many positive
    benefits of the sports to young children like learning the importance of
    teamwork, building relationships and trust with peers, improving self-esteem
    and confidence, as well as teaching kids to honor their commitments and
    teaching a strong work ethic. (http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/818473/Team-sports-How-kids-benefit-from-organized-athletics)

    But most important sports keep kids in
    shape and active, which helps combat the obesity epidemic. Because of these
    reasons I believe it’s important to let your children participate in sports,
    even high impact sports if that’s what they are interested in.

    Of course they should be
    limits and perpcautions in any activity. Pushing children to far in any sport
    isn’t healthy but can be especially dangerous in sports like football. We need
    to develop technology like helmets, rules and regulations when dealing with injuries.
    We need to watch carefully for even slight signs of injury and adjust
    accordingly. If major injuries like concussions do occur young children
    should not be allowed to play with them. We also need to make sure the children
    are matched up with kids their own size and skill level. This can help even out
    the playing field and reduce risk of injury.

  • Melody_M_2

    Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports? I don’t think that kids shout be playing any sports like football or any others that can cause any permanent damage. Even if the child has protective gear on I still think you shouldn’t take the risk. These sports could cause permanent brain damage because the brain is still developing for a child.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    I do not think it’s worth the risk to permanently injure or disable kids at such a young age or anyone at any age. Only if we make it safer will I be convinced to enroll children to a full contact sport. As it stated in the video “The children’s heads are like bobble heads.” And with their brain whipping back and forth in their skull, it doesn’t seem safe especially since 7-8 year olds can reach upwards of 80G’s while playing football as it said in the video. Personally I wouldn’t let (if I had any) my kids play football contact football at a young age, or any contact sport and is not worth the risk. It becomes safer when their developed and thats when I would feel comfortable, when their bodies can handle it better. Some where around 10-12 years old is when I would feel comfortably enrolling my kid in a full contact sport. And that is what I think should be done. The graph below comes from http://cnsnews.com/news/article/kids-er-concussion-visits-60-pct-over-decade-2 which shows kids from 19 years old and under from over 60 hospitals. And shows just how common concussions really are.

  • Guest

    I believe that kids have a right to play sports that they enjoy with precaution.

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes, why should we restrict kids from doing what they enjoy. If they want to play sports let them play those sports just make sure that they are safe during it.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    I think that playing heavy contact sports is something that should be allowed for all ages, because if younger kids love that sport they should be allowed to play it. However precautions need to be taken in order to insure the safety of the players while they play. After running a test, Virginia tech realized how dangerous heavy contact sports is for the younger children. They placed sensors in the helmets of 7-8 year old players and collected about 750 hits to the head during the whole season. I believe that they should make new rules and new safety tips so that no harm or damage will be done to the players, especially at such a young age.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I believe that football can be a very dangerous sport
    for Adults and children . Children should have the opportunity to play sports
    that they enjoy with safety precautions. In the video it says 20% of all youth kind of concussions come from most
    aggressive sports. I believe children under the age of 10 should not be
    able to play a contact sport. They should be able to play football and soccer
    but in away where they don’t use forceful
    contact. When there 13 they should be able to make they own discussion on whether
    or not the want to risk getting hurt playing football helmets and other ways to
    help prevent health issues in the future
    and can improve so football can be safer
    for all players

  • Fletcher S.

    I have no problem with sports. If heavy contact sports are something you want to do you should be able to do that. However, people should not have to suffer through severe physical and mental trauma playing them. We need to figure out a way for people to play the game while being safe.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I agree! People should be able to freely play sports if they want to, but its up to us to come up with different rules and safer equipment so they wont suffer in the long run. People should be able to play them because many people enjoy it. Some even make careers out of it, and it makes their life better. It can bring fame, awards and money and we shouldn’t have to take that away from people.

  • Tallulah blue

    I play high school soccer and competitive year round soccer and have no problem with contact sports. I have played soccer competitively for 6 years and have not once suffer any severe physical or mental trauma playing. I have only met a few other players who have been injured in the game. Soccer is a contact sport for sure but we have no padding what so ever except for a head gear that is optional for when heading the ball. Soccer is not as dangerous and football therefore we do not have as much padding or concern about injuries but I do think that playing any sport especially contact should be allowed at any age. When you have committed to a sport you should be responsible for any injuries and should understand that once you are playing a contact sport you have a chance of getting injured. I do think that what people are trying to do, which is finding more ways to prevent these injuries to the head is great and should keep going on though I think a young or old person should be allowed to play contact sports.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I agree. Any person of any age should be able to play sports. They should know that when they start playing the game, and choose to not wear protective gear like you are saying, that the chance of injury is higher. They need to understand that once they might eventually get hurt, but they should learn from it and be more careful and maybe try harder when out on the field.

  • Nora M.

    Straight away I will say that young kids should be allowed to play high-impact sports, but only if a few things about their gameplay are changed. One of those things should be a change in rules, so that the rules of younger kid sports are a little more stricter so it’s less likely that they will clash and bash each other’s heads in. The other thing that should be changed is the protective gear they wear, so that on the less likely chance that they will fall and have the potential to suffer head damage they will be protected by more efficient helmets and etc. The helmets that are worn in current day sports are not as protective as they should be. As dr. Robert Graham of the George Washington university said to a PBS Frontline investigation, “But when you look at (the research) you do not find any evidence that any helmet actually reduces the incidents of concussion. You still need to wear helmets because they do protect against skull fractures, soft tissue issues, cuts, but there’s no evidence out there that is compelling that says if you wear this helmet, you will have a lower incidence of concussions.” It is very important for those young sporty kids’ heads to be protected because they do not want to suffer from head trauma for the rest of their lives. With safety in check, playing hard-impact sports should not be as major of a problem.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with your opinion that young athletes should continue playing sports, but I believe that with some protective gear, the game will greatly improve. There are shoulder pads with added support behind the neck, which would help because neck injury seems to be a large concern for young players. If this doesn’t work, I would definitely support the addition of rules to help protect the players. I enjoyed your link, but hope that the culture of sports will not be forced to change. Yet I would still be more wiling to spend a couple hundred dollars on more equipment and new rules rather than life support and physical therapy for my child.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with your opinion that kids should still be able to play these high impact sports because that way they exercise. I believe that with a few rule changes according to the age division of each sport the rules should be slightly modify so that kids wont get as hurt as they get playing the sport. Also they should get new protective gear so that they can be more protected and their bodies wont be as damaged, again this would be per age group.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    In my opinion now that we know heavy contact sports can cause permanent brain damage. We should take more precaution we should look into safer equipment. the Video told us ”You can get up to 15-20 in a aggressive pillow fight.” You can really get hurt anywhere. Football can teach you teamwork which is an important thing to know when you are young. Yes ”children brains are still developing” and being in football can increase that as said in the video. As a child you do recover more quickly and easily. The majority of people play football is young children. Football is a big part of America. Therefore we shouldn’t take the sport away from our young people, but find a way to make it safer.

    took graph/table from the video.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    First off, taking sports away from younger kids is not at all in the question. It’s what kids do, they play and as we grow up, it develops into a more strategic game play. Not to mention the discipline and teamwork it can teach. I also think that sports should not be altered in a way that makes them “safer.” I think the most likely people to get injury from sports are the ones who play dangerously. I’m not saying that anyone should have to play less-aggressive or something, just to use common sense. Yes there are times when injury becomes unavoidable, but there’s a difference between getting injured and injuring yourself. When it comes to concussions you have to be careful. I know from friends who’ve gotten them, that you can only get so many before they tell you you need to stop playing. In example I know someone who’s had their 3rd concussion and she’s told that another one could take her out of the sport. I think making equipment “better” might even increase the number of concussions because players might feel more indestructible, and as a result will crash into more things without care. So instead of fixing the equipment, coaches should look into teaching their players how to play safe. I play soccer, and I know that if I am always prepared and always ready, I am less likely to risk injury. Injuries happen when you’re unprepared to fall a certain way, or a sudden impact you were not expecting.

    We don’t need to fix the game or anything like that, we need to maybe educate players that if they play dangerously, they will get hurt. This would encourage “safer” game play, and decrease the amount of injuries caused from players in the mind set that they are indestructible.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    Even though it is possible to get a concussion when playing a high contact sport, if you love it then isn’t it worth the risk? I am a soccer player myself and I have recovered from many injuries as well as my teammates, many of them being concussions. The reason I keep playing even after I have been hurt is because I love to play. I have had this same passion for soccer since I started playing when I was four years old. Also if you look at the graph below you can see that sports only cause less than 10% of all concussions. If you get a concussion there is a 90.2% chance it wasn’t sports-related, so it is illogical to not let kids play because its possible to get a concussion. In fact, there is a greater risk of getting a concussion just by falling (found on the following link)
    http://theconcussionblog.com/tag/concussion/
    As for more protective gear in high contact sports, I think it is a great idea. I don’t think it is necessary but its okay to play it safe. We need to let kids have fun and enjoy themselves, not have them constantly worry if they are going to have brain damage later on in life, from one concussion that may of never even happen.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I play football and I understand that this is a big deal to moms. I have had concussions before and when I got back from the injury my parents bought me a new helmet that was supposed to be “concussion proof”. But come to find out there is no such thing. Think of your head as Egg and your brain like the yoke. you can cover the egg up and try to protect with what ever you want but when you shake the egg the yoke will still move around in side the shell. That is basically what happens inside your head. So if you are going to put your son in football now that this comes with the sport. Go to this wedsite for more infromation. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Can-the-%E2%80%9CRight%E2%80%9D-Helmet-Prevent-Concussions-.aspx

  • Delanie Spector

    Personally I think that it is the child’s choice to play a dangerous sport or not. Going into the sport you know the basics of what you are getting yourself into and the danger that come with it. Playing football is yes, a very dangerous sport that you will most likely get hurt in. But, by choosing to play whether it be for passion or jut to stay in shape, you are choosing to also take the risk of wing injured. As far as concussions go, many sports are dangerous enough to get a concussion from. While these can be very damaging to the brain it is ultimately your decision if you are willing to take the risk.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I agree. I think before the child plays any sports he should be advised that he/she can get hurt. You should know what your getting yourself into and not be surprised if you get bruises or broken bones, and even in the long run even more severe damage. maybe when the child gets older, they can choose if thats really what they want or not.

  • Rudi S. S.

    Lynn’s 1st period English 1 class
    Although I do not do a high impact sport such as football, soccer or hockey; I row and have many friends who either do or have played high impact sports. In my own sport there are many dangerous injures including broken ribs and severe tissue damage. Even though I know that I could be seriously injured or even die, I still row because I am happiest while out on the beautiful water testing what my body can do. While football and rowing are two VERY different sports I am guessing that staying safe in both sports require having good form and making smart choices. If/when I have kids I am not going to say that they cannot play football but I do not think that kids should be endangering their precious brains during a time that their brains are developing the fastest. While I understand that many people think it is important to start playing at a young age, I would rather keep my head safe and find other things to do than damage my head and have a number of horrible brain injuries for the rest of my life. And I started rowing in middle school and while I am defiantly not the best rower on my team or out of other teams, my technique and strength is adequate for my size and weight.
    Even though I disapprove of kids playing football I think it is a fun game and people are never going to stop playing so we need to come up with ways to keep players safe. The technological advances in helmets are great but they can definitely can be improved. Another route is having coaches teach players how to land and tackle safer. Overall we must find some way to protect not only the kids brains but also the professional NFL player’s brains.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I like your comparison with a sport other than football, and a very uncommon sport at that. But what I would like to know is what your actual opinion is for young people playing high contact sports. You said that you don’t approve, but you also said you wouldn’t deprive your children of the sport. I do agree that knowing what you’re doing can greatly decrease the chance of injury. But I believe that knowing how to do a sport and do it safely is the basis of the sport. So I find that there should be more protective wear for the younger players.
      1. So the players won’t damage their brains or body. 2. So that once the protective gear comes off, the players will have gotten stronger from that extra weight and perform better when they’re older. http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/31/3/587.full

  • Kyle Lintao

    The decision to play the sport of choice belongs to no one but the player. Knowing the risks players may decide if they still want to play the sport. If they choose to play, they should be very aware of the risks. The coaches should inform them what ways to stay safe and how to avoid these injuries. If this “epidemic” is serious, then the NFL and other sports leagues should look to fund these sports for better equipment. Changing the rules of a sport is like making it another different sport. These rules are set in stone. They may make the game what it is. If referees enforced the rules better that would certainly make the game safer.

    Concussion Rates among high schools:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-0510-girls-lacrosse-helmets-web-eps-20130509,0,5687713.graphic

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree that there should be better equipment for different sports. Here I have an example of football shoulder pads with added neck support for young players. The only question I have about your link is, on the graph the sport with the highest rate of injury is boys’ ice hockey. Could you talk a bit more about why that sport is more dangerous and what could be helped to make that sport safer? Thanks for your point of view and the nice chart!

  • eli.park

    I think that football is a great tradintinal sport.I dont think changing the rules would reduce the amount of injuries on the feild.But improving the equipment can help reduce the “concussion epidemic”,so that the younger generation can play saftley.

  • Matthew Cunanan

    Anybody that goes into high impact professional sports or even in a lower level should know that their lives are at risk before playing these sports. If these sports are truly what somebody desires, and they are willing to risk their lives for it, there is nothing wrong at all. If someone loves their certain sport, go for it.

  • Breanna Dean

    I think that it is up to the people playing the sport and their parents to decide if they will be doing that sport or not. I believe that if they know that their is a risk if they play that sport than that is up to them . Anything can happen if you play a sport your already risking injury but i think every athlete is aware of that. Not only in playing a sport are you at risk of dying but people die everyday no matter where they may be or what they are doing. So honestly I think that it is up to the people that play the sport and if that is a risk they are willing to take. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC155423/

  • Sarah C

    Lynn’s English 9: I think that the equipment should be improved to reduce the risk of serious concussions. People should also know about the risks before joining the game. After learning about the risks that go with the glory, it is ultimately up to them to decide whether they should play the sport or not.

  • Allen Z

    Of course young people should be able to play the sport but they should be aware of the risks and if they are under the age of 18 they should consult with their parent or guardian. The equipment should be changed to better protect the players from permanent brain damage. Also, we have known that football is a full “contact” sport and waivers are usually given to the participants. New strategies should be taught to avoid high impact and injuries. Also tackle football shouldn’t be available to children under the age of 10 because they’re still developing and after that age they tend to be finished with their necks and brains.
    “In a concussion, the brain shakes so forcefully that it hits the inside of the skull. That injures the brain.
    Symptoms of a concussion can include:
    loss of consciousness
    drowsiness
    confusion
    headache
    nausea or vomiting
    blurred vision
    loss of memory of events surrounding the injury.”
    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/football-player-concussions

  • Evan

    From what I’ve learned through the experience of sports and the purposes of it, the reason why we participate in them is for the love of the game and the passion that we feel for it. Athletes who enjoy their game with passion and livelihood should not be deterred from the facts of consequence that the game may involve. If sports is what makes you happy, then you should play in them. This is not disregarding the injuries that have been happening since the beginning of sports, although it is a factor.

    “The purpose of sport should be to teach our youth virtue.” :
    http://sportsleaderusa.blogspot.com/2010/04/purpose-of-sport.html

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you that it should be you should do what makes you happy. I also agree that you should know the risks and you know what might happen. If you know the risks and you are still willing to play, then you play. From a fellow sports player do you think that some equipment should be changed to play safer? I think that if we can make the equipment safer than we should advance it.

  • Dimitri

    I do believe that children should be allowed to play what ever sport they want. It shouldn’t be up to the school to decide what sport they can play at school or worse the state deciding what they can play in their recreational time. It should be up to their parents to deem whether or not they can play that sport. When children play these kinds of sports they have to assume the risk of bodily injury when they play. Overall I do not think that they should ban these “high-impact” sports but let people do what they want to do and if and when they do get hurt they can understand the risks involved in doing things in their life.

    Source http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/221003.php

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Couldn’t agree more. As long as both the parents AND the players know the risk they are taking every time they take the field, it should be, and is, the parents choice until the child is 18. Although we can’t force leagues to educate players and parents, I sure hope they do to avoid people getting into the sport without realizing how dangerous it can be.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you, but I think we should also implement new rules and new types of equipments to make this sport better. This website explains a lot about concussions and how we can avoid them: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/pdf/Football_Fact_Sheet_Coaches-a.pdf
      This website tells how if we avoid a direct impact with our head we can avoid many concussions. We also should have one day dedicated for the parents of the young athletes to be educated in concussions and how their children may be in risk while playing this sport. This way nobody can be surprised when this happens. We should also create new types of equipment to avoid other types of injury like things related to the wrist and leg, because concussions aren’t the only type of injury received in football.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    There’s no doubt about it that high impact sports are a risk for young athletes, I feel that especially young athletes should not be playing these type of sports. Not only does it use violence it can cause them to get physically and emotionally damaged. The article up above states that “controversial research concluded that repeated knocks to the head, especially but not limited to concussions, cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that can cause symptoms of dementia, including memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, often times many years after the trauma.” therefore, there is a risk with playing high impact sports. I believe they should not be able to play these type of sports until they can make this decision on their own.

  • Simone Sanford

    Lynn’s English 2 :I strongly agree that children should have the ability to play whatever sport they want , but however I still think it’s important to make sure that all equipment for all sports are well made and suitable. Although, it’s mostly up to that child or adult if they would like to take the risk of an injury. ”That’s just how the game goes and how life is”.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2013/07/30/helmet-safety-rating-system-stars/2601353/

    • Claire S 2

      I think we should have better suited/tailored equipment for kids, that way they aren’t using the same stuff bigger kids use, too!

  • Sandy Evsanaa

    I believe that young people should decide what to do with their lives, but they should also be aware of the high injuries they will receive in the sports field, and if they do get injured, they won’t be able to sue since they should have ‘general’ knowledge of what they will get once they’re in professional sports. These people can be role models to kids which can prevent obesity, but I do not agree with their high pay. Why should some one who just plays football for the masses get millions while thousands of Americans fighting terrorists get couple ten thousand?

    I think America needs to change their focus away from entertainment jobs and more toward the sciences. If you go on Youtube and read all the comments, you see countless 14 year olds wanting to make it big but none are talking helping the world and education.

    http://www.goarmy.com/benefits/money/basic-pay-active-duty-soldiers.html

    • Luke patton

      You make no sense. This article is about what risk come from playing football like concussions, and you’re here talking about something completely different. Yes they need to know the risk of playing, but what you say in the last part of your response makes no sense and shouldn’t be there. What you should be saying it that if people do decide to play a high contact sport then they need to know the risk ahead of time and be prepared for what might happen to them if they do decide to play

      • Sandy Evsanaa

        Sorry, but that was meant more for my class discussion

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree with what you said in this post, but it does not pertain to the discussion question at the top of the article.

      • Sandy Evsanaa

        I forgot to elaborate but that was for my class and how I was connecting it to other discussions we had before

  • trevorosterhoutbenceboyd

    Ok i think that the athlete has to make the decision on if he wants to play a contact sport the athlete should no the risk of concussion and brain damage but they should have to attempt to find a solution to this by make better helmet and pad in order to make the athlete safe in all age groups and the athlete should take protection when make taking a big hit and be careful so at the end of the day try athlete decide to take the risk so you shold be able to play contact sport

  • Skylar Herrera-Ross

    Lynn English 9:

    Though I full on support physical activity, I do think further per-cations should be taken now that data shows how dangerous these sports can really be. Under no circumstance I think, should we take away the privilege to play the sports millions of people in this country love. After reading this additional resource ( http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/ ) I have learned that since 1997, at least 50 high school or younger players have died or suffered from serious head trauma. This is extremely alarming and I think the only reasonable solution would be to add extra protection to the gear these football player wear. By providing more cushion and support for the player, I think it would definitely make a difference in the number of injuries and even deaths this sport produces.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I cant say I agree with you, a long time ago, I read an article and the gist of it was, “The better the helmets, the less pain kids feel, the less pain kids feel, the harder they hit, the harder they hit, the more internal damage they cause” I think that the sport is okay where it is now. Playing football is taking a risk, so are many other things kids do. Players and their parents just have to decide if they think it is worth the risk.

  • Drake H

    Sports are competitive physical activities. Football doesn’t fall short in this category. Football involves tackling and taking people to the ground. One of the NFL’s or National Football League’s highest priorities is safety. Although there is equipment for safety and extremely fit players it isn’t always enough. We need to look at football injuries in a new way, the equipment is there, bit the rules aren’t. Equipment can only do so much, is it really worth it. A total of 152 concussions took place in the NFL in the 2013 season. This multi-million dollar industry has top of the line equipment with old dangerous rules. This extends into young people as well, if concussions can side line the pros it can only be worse to the younger football players still developing. According to concussion watch by PBS players can stay out for periods of 5 games after their concussions. The rules for the young people of today need to be reformed. Although my opinion sways in the major leagues the young people of today shouldn’t be playing such a violent sport.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/concussion-watch/#positions_2013_C

  • Gerank Fok

    I believe that younger people should still be allowed to play football. I think that injuries are a part of any physical activity. Just as how you can fall off your bike when you ride it or the possibility of getting into a car accident if you drive. However, an injury is still an injury, and precautions should be taken to prevent or lessen injuries. According to PBS (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/pop-warner-football-issues-new-safety-rules/), Pop Warner Football has new rules and restrictions to help prevent injuries, such as banning full-speed, head-on blocking and tackling drills where players begin at more than three yards apart.

  • Marisa Wood

    After watching this video it has really shown me that everything is about choice. If the kids want to play football at a young age than they could take the the risk that they might get a concussion. In this resource (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/) PBS talks about how many young kids and teens have died from a concussion. In 2001, seventeen year old died from bleeding and swelling in the brain, along with many other unfortunate people. Concussions can cause memory loss, blurred vision, vomiting, headaches, slurred speech, and death. Do you still wanna play football?

    • Claire S 2

      While it’s their choice, maybe younger kids should wear more protective gear, and older kids should have some extra padding to prevent deaths and other injuries like that. You shouldn’t keep kids from their passion, and if their passion is football, then why make them fear it?

  • Katie W-S

    Lynn’s English 9 class:

    I think it is the athlete’s choice of the sports they play and I think they should understand ALL of the risks of that sport. I, for example, horseback ride, which can be dangerous (if you don’t know what you’re doing) but I understand that I could (though it’s unlikely) get hurt. Football is a contact sport and it’s very easy to get hurt. I personally think little kids shouldn’t play sports like football where they could get seriously (or permanently) injured, but it’s up to the kids and parents. To make these sports safer for kids, they should design helmets and other gear made to keep kids of that age range safe.To be on a team, kids should have to have their coaches approve their gear so it’s properly safe. They should write rules for youth teams concerning safety, too. These adjustments could significantly decrease the number of concussions in young football players.

    • Katie W-S

      “The evidence is that the concussions, especially the ones causing rotational injury to the head, cause microscopic damage to these white matter fibers. And that causes a disconnection of brain regions that should be in communication. And that we believe is the cause of the altered thinking, the altered memory, the altered attention that many concussion patients suffer from,” -http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/sidelined-sports-concussions/

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that it should be the athlete’s choice whether they play or not, however I disagree with your recommendation that little kids should’t play. There are many benefits kids get from playing sports like football, shown in the following quote “Every year, nearly 3 million children age 6 to 14 take to football fields across America to play the game they love. They may not realize it, but these young athletes are enjoying the benefits of physical exercise while learning life lessons through the sport.” and
      “By playing this sport, young athletes learn football’s timeless qualities of leadership, responsibility, perseverance and teamwork.” found on http://usafootball.com/blogs/americas-game/post/7269#sthash.oO4rGmgi.dpuf
      We need to focus on the positives, rather than the negatives that have a good chance of not happening. Also changing the rules is changing the sport, so we shouldn’t do that because that takes away the point. If someone is to worried about getting injured then they can go play another sport. Also helmets haven’t even been proved to lower the risk of concussions, so wearing them doesn’t even prevent concussions.
      “In fact, helmet manufacturers already post warnings like this: “Contact in football may result in concussion/brain injury, which no helmet can prevent.”
      found on
      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-warns-helmets-dont-protect-young-athletes-from-concussion/

      Kids deserve to have fun playing a sport they love, if that is what they want. We shouldn’t change the sport to make it “safer” and we shouldn’t change the gear because it is unnecassary.

  • Jordan Yu

    I don’t think children should be allowed to play football very often because their necks aren’t strong enough yet and they have a high chance of getting hurt. If someone decides to play football as a teenager or adult and they are aware of the possible injuries that can occur, I think it’s okay. There is a risk of injury in pretty much every sport, and I think if a person really likes a certain sport they should just do it. Maybe before starting football season, the players should be informed of the possible injuries (If they don’t do that already).

    • Claire S 2

      I agree! Kids that are too young are more susceptible to getting hurt and they shouldn’t be allowed to play football until they’re at least a little bit older. And a class on injuries would be nice too!

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I disagree with you, children should be allowed to play football. If they love to play football then we shouldn’t take that away from them. They have a right to do what they love just as much as any teen or adult does. Yes concussions are a pain and they hurt, but we shouldn’t stop them from playing because of something that might happen, especially something that most people fully recover from. “The good news is that most concussions don’t cause any lasting effects, and most children make a complete recovery with physical and mental rest. Even when concussions lead to complications, advances in concussion diagnostics and treatment make the majority of cases very treatable” found on http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/concussions#sthash.dSGSlbRr.dpuf

      We need to live in the present, not the future. No one really knows what will happen so it would be crazy to stop kids from having fun and enjoying themselves because of something that may never happen.

  • Liona L.

    In my opinion, if I had a child, I would not allow them to play heavy contact sports. Children have thinner necks than adults, when they are hit, it’ll be hard for their head to be steady. That can cause their brain to jerk in their head, leading to brain damage. Instead, my child should study, play with their friends, or do homework. But I believe that young people should be allowed to play heavy contact sports if they understand the risks, even if we know that they can cause permanent brain damage. Both the parent and individual should understand the risks that heavy contact sports can cause. That way, if anyone gets hurt or if anyone dies, it’ll be their own fault. It is very important that players should know the dangers of playing heavy contact sports. That person can choose to play or not to play heavy contact sports. It would not be the team’s fault nor the coach’s fault when that individual has permanent brain damage. In my opinion, new equipment should be made to help prevent concussions in football. More teams should be like be like the Pop Warner Football league. “They have banned full speed, head on blocking, and tackling drills where players begin at more than 3 years apart.” ( http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/pop-warner-football-issues-new-safety-rules/ )

  • Mike Phan

    I think young people should play heavy contact sports. They have an opportunity to try something new that may led to their future success. If their parents wouldn’t let them play heavy contact sport. Even if they want to take the risk in their lives. But this sports doesn’t usually affect lots of people’s mind, this can actually improve young people’s school academics, social life, health, and concentration that led to having a successful life. As they get in great shape, they should be allowed to play heavy contact sport. (In my opinion).

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with what you are saying, I think that playing the sports you want is a good was to stay in shape and it could be therapeutic. The thing I don’t understand is when you say “If their parents wouldn’t let them play heavy contact sport.” What specifically do you mean by this? If you mean that they should do it even without their parents consent I disagree. I think the parents should be fully informed of what their child is getting into. I think that if the parent and child are willing to take the risk, it is totally and completely their choice.

  • Koda C.

    Unfortunately, if you wanted to protect children by making it safer, it would only change the sport. There are risks but not you cannot protect your kids from everything. So I think the best solution to this is just to inform the person of the danger there is to playing such a rough sport. People have become sucssesful and made their dream careers come true. They of course knew about these dangers that would happen constantly around them but still continued to play. As long as the people thinking about wanting to play a risky sport were informed about the dangers like CTE, they would at least have the choice to take the risk and play the sport that they enjoyed. And maybe one day could make there skills on the field a future career. The fault would then not fall onto the NFL but onto the players and they would have to take the responsibility for it. Therefore, I think a contract between the player and the organization hosting the sport should be held to make this clear. Although if they were able to make the gear given to players stronger to protect them better I do think this would help.

    Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/pop-warner-football-issues-new-safety-rules/

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree with you, I think the best way to tackle this is to make sure that we inform the parents and players of these kids about the risks, and if they are confident that they would still like to play, only then, should they take the field.

  • Jessica Nguyen

    I believe that these kinds of high-impact sports for young athletes are not worth the risk to permanently injure or disable children at such a young age. It is incredibly unfortunate if a child should have to experience the rest of their lives with any disability. Even if there is proper protective gear available, there is and always will be a high risk factor since these children’s brains are still developing and are not fully formed. Along with many scientific studies, peer reviews, and much evidence, Dr. Robert Graham (from the PBS video New Study Examines Effects of Concussions in Children) concludes, “You do not find any evidence that any helmet actually reduces the incidence of concussion… there’s no evidence out there that is compelling that says ‘If you wear this helmet, you will have a lower incidence of concussions.’” An impact of 80g’s is not very significant to a college level football player compared to an eight year old child experiencing the same thing. But on the other hand, if the game is made safer to the point where there is absolutely no risk, eventually this would lead to the deterioration of interest in the sport itself. The key factor that I believe plays into this debate is the knowledge of the sorts of risks that come with these high-impact sports. Ultimately, it all comes down to the individual and/or their parents to decide to play heavy contact sports that are known to cause permanent brain damage. I recommend that those who are not yet fully developed should avoid the risks of damaging their body through these high-impact sports. But for those who choose to be a part of such activities, they must come into the sport having already been educated on the risks involved.

    SOURCE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/ )

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that ultimately it should be the child or their parents choice. However when you said “I recommend that those who are not yet fully developed should avoid the risks of damaging their body through these high-impact sports.” I completely disagree with that. There are some risks in football, but there are also some risks walking, or riding in a car. You can’t hide from life and the dangerous things that can be in it. If a child loves to play football then we need to encourage them. “Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.” found on http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/staying_fit/active_kids.html
      This is why it is essential for us to encourage kids to play sports if they want to, and if that sport is a high impact sport then so be it.

  • Devin H.

    I believe that small children should be allowed to play
    heavy contact sports such as football because it is their choice. But some things in the sport should be
    changed. I really do think that educating the parents as well as the young players
    would really help limit the amount of head injuries. Firstly, it should be
    stated that football is a sport where contact is very abundant and has the
    potential of serious head injuries that could lead to CTE. Secondly, children as well as adults who play football
    should be urged to alert staff if they ever come across even the slightest
    symptoms of a serious head injury. Many times players in the NFL think nothing
    of these head injuries like the following quote states from source below “And
    sometimes athletes keep quiet about this type of injury because they want to
    keep playing.” I also think that new technology like helmets could be
    implemented for any football player to receive less head trauma.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/football-head-injuries-increasing-bigger-faster-players/story?id=18183735

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you that kids should be able to play heavy contact sports, I also agree that some things should be changed. I agree with everything you are saying more or less. Everyone should be education for the better and people should start reporting their symptoms. If people don’t start reporting then it could cause long term damage.

  • Jacky

    I think that we should allow young kids to play heavy contact sports like football and such. Because those incidents rarely happen. Playing sports is a freedom which we all should have and we shouldn’t block anyone who loves to play them. If someone decided to make football as their job, then he/she should starts training while they’re young. If we disallowed the young kids to play/practice football then the future quality of football players would decreases by a lot. But as an adult or parents, we have the responsibility to tell them that playing high-impact sports might cause a heavy injure of their body. The only thing that we could do to decrease the amount of injures of high-impact sports players is to redesign/improve their sport equipment. In one of the extra article from above says “In August 2009, new rules stated a player cannot return if he shows any of the symptoms of a concussion, not just a loss of consciousness. A player also must be examined by an independent brain doctor — a neurologist — after a concussion.” This is also a great idea to stop football players from suffering concussion.

    For more information about the extra article check out the link down here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

  • Tina T.

    I believe that young kids should not play heavy contact sports since they can permanently damage or injure their bodies at such a young age. They should not risk their lives to play heavy contact sports because they can get permanently injured and they would have to live with that injury for the rest of their lives. The children’s body are still growing and developing, and a permanent injury can affect their body and as a adult. As Dr. Robert Graham said, “You do not find any evidence that any helmet actually reduces the incidents of concussion. you still need to wear a helmet because they do protect you against skull fractures, soft tissue issues, and cuts but their is no evidence out their that is compelling that says that if you wear this helmet, you will have a lower incident that concussions.” But if their were new changes to prevent any risk of getting injuries from football and other sports, then it would probably change parents opinions of the game. Like new equipment to protect their bodies from getting injured in any way and new rules to prevent serious bone fractures and concussions. But it would all come down to what the parents thinks about heavy contact sports and if they want to risk their child’s life for it.

    Resource:

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/

  • Henry Zhu

    I think that heavy contact sports are very dangerous, but I don’t think that they should be banned. I think that it’s important that people make their own decisions, and have the freedom to do whatever they want. Even though heavy contact sports are dangerous they should have the right to do it, because it isn’t hurting anybody else, except for themselves. However, I don’t think such sports should be so heavily endorsed and supported by society. I think that playing such a dangerous sport, and putting your brain at risk is immeasurably foolish. Your brain is the most important organ in your body, and to play around with it is not something funny. It’s ridiculous how much money is spent on football, and the super bowl, and it’s completely unnecessary. Society thinks that it is fun, and cool to play sports like football, when really it should be looked down upon as something dangerous and foolish to play. So even though I don’t believe that it should be illegal, I definitely think it should be discouraged.
    I also think that there should definitely be a change of rules, or some implementation of more safe guidelines, because seeing as so many children play this game, it’s ridiculous that we shouldn’t try to protect them. Maybe the football players should get bigger, and stronger helmets, in order to protect their heads. Maybe some kind of rule that fouls any kind of blow to the head. Whatever it is, something needs to be done. I think it is very irresponsible of parents to allow their children to participate in such a risk filled sport, but if they choose to allow their children to play, then there should be a change of rules in order to protect those kids. Even though their parents may allow them to play, the children shouldn’t suffer long term brain damage as a result of their parents’ bad decisions

    Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Henry Zhu I also agree with you The heavy duty contact sports shouldn`t be banned they just need to be modified so that they can keep everyone safe out of harms way. But I also believe that even though they are playing these sports and putting themselves at risk that there now needs to be some changes made to these sports.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with Henry Zhu, that contact sports are very dangerous because they cause serve concussion. Since 10-20% of football players get concussion. Also 11.2 get a concussion every 10,000 games. That’s lot of injured players.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you very much. Yes, football and other sports are very dangerous. But I think people deserve to do what they want to do. If they want to put their brains at risk for football, I think we should let them. It’s their choice, not society’s.

    • Jae Hun

      I agree with you, they shouldn’t bank the sports that kids like to do and they should have freedom to play sports they want. Even though football could be extremely dangerous at a young age when their brain is not developed yet, but they have right to play the sport they like.

      • Rosa Chea

        I agree with you, Jae! They shouldn’t banned contact sports. Some people assume that it’s bad that if young people play contact sports because its unsafe. But there are a lot of things unsafe outside of the world. I believe that young people should be able to play contact sports even though it can be very hazardous. But it’s their decisions to play any sports that they truly love and have a right to do so.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      Henry Zhu- I agree with you 100% because kids should have a choice yet they should be aware that they could get seriously injured. Kids re getting hurt without knowing how badly hut they can get. These children that play heavy contact sports should have the knowledge of concussions and how they can affect you.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I agree with you on some parts Henry Zhu. Although, you make really good points, I believe young kids should not be allowed to play because it does hurt them and can affect them in the long run or even as they play. Not only does it hurt them it also hurts the kids around them, because they have to tackle to get the ball. I agree with you that they should apply more rules to make the game safer.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I agree that it is dangerous but they have a choice to either to quit or to take the risk to keep on playing.

    • SpencerH_4

      I sorta agree with you in some parts that yes its aggressive and sometimes can be dangerous but a lot sports have injuries! Its not the rules that need to be changed but its the equipment with the new Riddell pro 360 a 90g impact can be reduced to as much as 30 or 40gs instead of 90gs so its the protective gear that needs to change not the game.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      Henry Zhu, I agree with some of the statements you said, but the gear that is used during football is getting better and better. Younglings should be told about the risks and what it can do to them if they aren’t careful.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree some of the statements, but the gear everyone uses gets better. Sure, there is a lot of room for upgrades on the gear, but some parents push their kids to much.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you partly, and yes its aggressive and sometimes can be dangerous but a lot sports have injuries. Its not the rules that need to be changed but its the equipment thats need to be up graded so less injories will happen.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you that rules should change, but that wouldn’t work completely. You would have to improve the padding in gear. A lot of injuries happen from parents pushing kids too much. If they make sure to listen to their kids and make sure they get even minor wounds checked out it would improve safety.

    • Michelle_S_Period3

      Henry Zhu, I agree with most of what you said. I am going to have to disagree with you when you said that people should be able to make their own decisions and have freedom to do whatever they want. I am disagreeing with you because children and teens should not have the choice because they most likely don’t have a lot of knowledge on the risks of playing that sport. I agree with you when you said that you shouldn’t be putting your brain at risks.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you, contact sports should not be banned. There are simple ways to lower the risks of injury.

  • Daniel Bautista

    I actually heard about this in the news a few years ago, but being the more carefree person I was back then, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Now it’s interesting to me, even though I’m not such a sporty person. Should the rules be more heavily safeguarded, or should there be a way for players to still follow this adrenaline rush they get from competitive sports, yet not end up injuring one another in the end of it all? (For the latter of those two, I mean in how gear could be upgraded to be more protective.) Still, this is a heavily loved game, and it seems that if we do intend to make a change to it, we’re either going to have to dive head first into the storm, or ease our way through it.

  • Claire S 2

    I believe that so long as you’re maybe 12 and up, you can start playing contact sports. That way anyone who wants to play will, hopefully, understand the risks of contact sports like football and others. So long as we can be assured that they know they can get hurt and how to prevent it, kids should be allowed to play contact sports, or whatever they may enjoy.

  • Reginald mosley Moon

    I think that young athletes should be able to high impact sports by their own choice and they should understand the risks as well when play football basketball or baseball they feel freedom is that not what all people want in the world we live in. young athletes want to be free while playing the sport they love, but all high impact sports come with risks. In the season of 2010 41 football players suffered a concussion that’s serious because of that the prestigious Institute of medicine is trying to focus on developing new safer football helmets so there can be no concussions in the future. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/

  • Tallulah blue

    This is my quote for my comment, for Lynn’s class

    In August 2009, new rules stated a player cannot return if he shows any of the symptoms of a concussion, not just a loss of consciousness. A player also must be examined by an independent brain doctor — a neurologist — after a concussion.” This is also a great idea to stop football players from suffering concussion.
    This was said in another article

  • Bujka Battsooj

    I think that children should have the able to play football, because whatever sports they want they can play it’s them choice. But parents or guardans need to double check to that all equipment for all sports are well made and suitable.

  • Lea

    Anyone should be able to play high impact sports because it is what satisfies one’s personal interest i.e. incentives matter. People should be aware and educated of the future consequences that a high impact sport contains and take that into consideration of their choice of playing a high impact sport or not.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree whether or not someone should take it to their interests. I also agree people should also know what they’re getting into before putting on that helmet and hustling onto that field.

    • E C

      I agree because people should do what they want. It’s their own decision.

    • IsabellaV_2boydbence

      Lea,
      I agree with you that anyone should be able to play high impact sports if they want to. But if these people are going to play these sports then they should be aware of what they might get into, like injuries and concussions.

  • Ameena

    Personally I don’t think that it is safe for children to play high- impact sports because its not worth the risk. In the Daily Video “New Study Examines Effects of Concussions in Children”(http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/) it is said that a 90g hit ( g is a unit of measurement for acceleration of the brain from being hit on a football field) is a possible concussion,(5g from jogging, 40g- soccer ball bounce from the head). Youth(ages 8-13) can recover faster than adults but their brains are still developing and we don’t know what could happen long term. We should create more rules to protect people playing high-impact sports, at that time then maybe youth should play more.

  • jiahao S

    i think that heavy contact sports are very dangerous, but i don’t think that they should be banned, also I think that anyone should be able to play any high impact sports because it is their choice. But i think the NFL and other sports leagues can improve the equipment to reduce the amount of injuries on the field and make the sports safer.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2010/0908/Football-gear-technology-seeks-to-make-game-fairer-safer

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes I also believe that equipment improvements would be the best way to go about kids playing contact sports.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Dear jiahao S, I agree with you that we should help make this game better to play other than banning it. We should teach younger generations better ways to tackle and put rules to regulate this. This way we can avoid injuries but keep the core values of football in place.

  • Lily K.

    I do not believe that it is safe for young children to play high impact sports because their bodies have not yet grown enough neck muscle to stabilize their heads when there is impact. However, if the children’s parents/guardians consent to having their child play a high impact sport, such as football, they should be allowed to play. Also, any sports leagues should clearly state the risks of playing a high impact sport, such as football, where risks of concussions are great (“50% of high school players have suffered from at least one concussion and 35% have suffered from more than one” -http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/)

    Sports leagues should also develop more efficient safety gear, specifically towards protecting vital organs and bones from hard impacts.
    Personally, I believe that children playing such a dangerous sport when they’re so young is concerning. But if they want to play a high impact sport so much, and their parents/guardians are okay with it, they should go for it.

  • Winnie Zhou

    Football is certainly not an easy sport and I think many people would agree with me that it is rather dangerous too. As concern as I am about the brain damage, there’s a fine line where it is dangerous but that doesn’t give us a right to ban it for young people. Though the reality is that young people often make poor decisions, we are not in the position to stop them for playing heavy contact sports. And plus, if we did ban young people from playing heavy contact sports (football), I think all the teenagers in America would go crazy! But, as my source tells me (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/pop-warner-football-issues-new-safety-rules/), new safety rules are being established to decrease this problem. Practices sessions including scrimmages and full-speed drills will limit the amount of contact to 1/3 of the total session. The league is also banning full-speed, head-on blocking, and tackling drills where players start more than three yards apart. These safety rules won’t get rid all the concussions and other brain damages players may get, but it does certainly help reduce the number of brain damage for young people who play heavy contact sports.

  • Clare R

    Obviously football is a very dangerous sport, and can cause lots of short and long term brain damage. And since children are still developing neurologically, the risk of permanent injuries is greater. In an article about head injuries and football safety, Imani M Cheers states, “according to a New York Times report, 50 percent of high school football players have suffered at least one concussion and 35 percent have had more than one concussion. Since 1997, at least 50 high school or younger football players in more than 20 states have died or suffered serious head traumas on the field.” She helps put the issues into perspective and gives awareness to these dangers. But even with all of that, I still think that young people should be allowed to play heavy contact sports. With the knowledge we have today, we should be able to come up with solutions to prevent permanent brain damage. Improving helmets, gear, rules, pretty much anything would make a huge difference. Children should be able to do what they want with their body. Let them take risks in life, especially if it has to do with something they love. Just as long as they are aware of the dangers ahead, it shouldn’t be a problem to anyone but themselves.

    Source:
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree with your opinion on the idea that equipment can be made better for injuries, but I can’t fully agree with your opinion on choice. If a kid wanted to join a sport for the sport itself, sure. But if a child just wants to hurt in the sport, then that is an issue.

  • Michael P.

    Children playing youth football face college-level hits. In units of g-force acceleration, college players receive an average impact of 26 g. A team of 6 to 8 year old boys received impacts measuring 30-50 g. A driver accelerating from 0 to 100 mph faces less than 6 g.

    Young children should not be banned from playing high-impact sports. Rather, they should be educated and informed of the risks while playing such sports. If they and their parents accept the possibility of injury, they should be allowed to play. However, new equipment should be created to lower the risk of permanent damage to young players.

    Elizabeth Pieroth, a neuropsychologist who works with professional Chicago sports teams, states: “We shouldn’t have the same generic style of helmet for an 8-year-old as we would an NFL player.

    http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=190524

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Choice is a very good reason to allow the act of youth football to continue, but not all people make the right choice. Especially children, who tend to do what they think is fun and stuff. Young children are still developing and should not be given the option of possibly being paralyzed mentally. It’s like asking to be tripped every 5 minutes just when you’re learning to walk.

  • Kristy L.

    I believe younger kids should not play heavy contact sports because they can cause an injury. However, kids are still developing themselves, they should not risk their life.
    Resource:
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/new-study-examines-effects-of-concussions-in-children/

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      How should we make the game less risky? What rules can be written down to restrict football further? Play with a Nerf football in a foam stadium? Shades on the lights, so that the little ones’ eyes don’t get burned? Maybe tackling be illegal so they don’t get any ouchies? How could we make it any safer, so that kids should play it? I don’t want anymore vulgar six year olds playing M rated video games because football is too “dangerous.”

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I don’t think that the impact can be great enough as young athletes to kill them, but I do understand the long-term effects it can have in terms of development. There are ways to prevent concussions as well as brace them. As shown, there are helmets that use thermoplastic technology to brace impact as well as preventing any serious concussions.

  • Daysia Adams

    In my opinion, sports are a big form of entertainment in the world we live in. Not only is it used for television but also in high schools football is known to be the main sport that boys play during their high school years. I do think that heavy contact sports can of course be dangerous but at the same time what sports aren’t? No matter what sport you take part in their will always be some type of danger in playing that sport. Pretty much if you choose to play the sport their really isn’t a way of avoiding some kind of danger. Also , I know that a lot of people who may not be as interested in their academic success in school use football or sports as sort of like a clutch or them to stay disciplined while taking part in something that they love to do. Parents take pride and joy in seeing their children play sports also. Everyone in the sports industry knows that someway or another they could get hurt . Another thing that I think should be brought up is that if these sports were banned it would be a loss for a lot of kids actually . Their are a lot of young males who get into good colleges by getting a sports scholarship. Especially african american males who are very plentiful in sports that we see on tv and in our schools. I do think that there are some hazardous things that some people may not take into consideration when choosing to play these sports. Society does heavily endorse and support sports Henry but at the same time , its a form of entertainment that we as Americans do enjoy to feel as if we are taking part in. Not to mention that though there are many hazardous things that take place in playing these sports there are also a lot of good that comes of playing these sports on teams. Not only do you get a sense of community out of it but you get a mind frame of responsibility when it comes to going to your practices and maintaining your grades because in most school you will be on academic leave if you have bad grades while taking part in any kind of sport. I think that though we all know that sports cause a lot of harm even death . But I feel like when it comes to people playing sports I would have to disagree with Henry’s comment because in being realistic most kids parents don’t force them to take part in any kind of sport most of the time people choose to take part in these sports that they are playing. When it comes to the gear that athletes wear when playing these sports I think their obviously is a limit that the people ensuring that the people partaking in the game are safe when it comes to the gear that they wear but at the same time their is only so much they can do still with that because even in the game of football a lot of accidental headbutting and fumbles when it comes to tackling actually happens. The sport was designed to be rough and honestly we all know that that is just how the game goes . There are a lot of NFL stars that have their whole life built off of playing football and they are proud of their lifestyles because I think its obvious that athletes are pretty aware that its what comes with playing such an intense sport.

    Source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/league-of-denial/high-school-football-players-face-bigger-concussion-risk/

  • Kyasia Thompson

    I think that football is a really important nation to our society and when it comes to the dangerous things that could possibly happen when people play the sport I don’t think that their is really any way to escape those dangers . In any sport there is always going to be some type of danger that could happen . But at the same time most people are aware that there is a risk and still allow their kids to play . To me, its really up to the parents of the person playing the sport if they aren’t already old enough to make their own decisions to decide if they can play or not. There really isn’t any way that nobody playing a sport can not get hurt . Some injuries can be bigger and worse than others but again you can’t do much to avoid that when you really are involved in a sport. If anything , if you have any kind of health problems or something your doctor probably would tell you if playing a sport was that dangerous and also people die from some of the weirdest things these days and also the most random ways of dying and to totally like get rid of football as a sport would be really bad because a lot of people not only enjoy that sport but a lot of people also take part in it as well. I don’t think that banning the sport would be a good idea at all because I mean a lot of people make playing football a way of life because some people more than others take sports really seriously. Plus our society pays a lot of attention to sports and we have a lot of big traditional events that go on that relate to football like the superbowl which is coming up soon and like a lot of people participate in the celebrating of that. So to take football away would be a really big loss for a lot of people who enjoy football as a sport.

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  • Bianca

    For me I think that young athlete or children should not be engaged or not allowed to play heavy contact sports. This can affect their mental and physical health. Which is not really a nice idea for young people like them. Although they have the right to choose or make their own decisions it could be safer if they will not be put themselves into that hard or heavy sports. Aside from having physical effect on their body their can also be a mental effect for them. Their taking away the time for being a responsible student because they’re focusing on their sport while they forgot their priority which is studies. They will miss a lot of things and somehow they will be confused because they do not know what to do first. According to a source “I strongly believe that each community should choose based on its own needs whether to use unlimited, weighted, or modified classes. Should they choose to use unlimited classes, they can do so with confidence that there is no scientific basis to suggest that they are riskier than weighted classes. Age groupings and not weight groupings are the best predictor or injuries and safety in youth football.” I believed everyone has their own point of view regarding on this topic. However if they really love the sport and don’t wan to take it away, they should balance their time between sports and school.
    Source/site: http://www.sadlersports.com/blog/sadler-sports-recreation-newsletters/should-weight-limits-be-required-in-youth-football/

  • Billy C.

    I would have to say that I don’t believe in restricting young people from participating in high impact sports even if we know that it may cause permanent brain damage. Anyone and everyone who chooses to play high impact sports such as football should also be quite aware of the potential damage and risks that come with playing such a game. Whether or not they are willing to take the risk for something they may very well enjoy doing is solely up to them or in this case their parents/guardians as well. Concerning new rule changes, with respect for the game I don’t think that rules need to be changed. Letting young athletes acknowledge the risk that they put themselves in and how to hand high impacts correctly may also help a little however new equipment such as helmets play a large part when it comes to concussion reduction in sports such as football. Taking a look at football helmets and their manufacturers, “In January 2011, Senator Tom Udall called for a Federal Trade Commission investigation of the football helmet industry for “misleading safety claims and deceptive practices, which the agency is currently pursuing.” A lot of improvement that can be made to the equipment that the athletes might use, such as more research on how to prevent such nerve strains and higher standards for protection.

    http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-08/helmet-wars-and-new-helmet-could-protect-us-all?page=0%2C5

  • Megan L

    Right now I am bordering between the ideas of whether it is okay for young people to continue playing heavy contact sports or not and the conclusion I have come to is, it is up to them. If we did take away the sport it would definitely anger the young people and they may become rebellious which could lead to even worse injuries. It would be better if we just tell them of the dangers and risks they are taking if they want to continue to play. Most risks being head injuries and sometimes broken bones in other parts of the body. If even after hearing this they still decide to play the sport then it is entirely up to them or their parents or whoever is in charge of them. We cannot take away a sport just because it is dangerous, however we can find ways to make the sports more safe, either by adjusting the rules or by improving the equipment. However, if we do adjust the rules, there could be a problem there because the new rules might take away the “original” fun of the game. People play the sport because it is fun and because they enjoy it, but if you change the rules so that there is either no physical contact with other players or that you have to wear heavy protective gear that limits movement then the game could take a turn for the worse. There are people that watch these sport games because they enjoy the heavy contacts between the players or they enjoy seeing the tackles. If the rules that are adjusted cannot fit this criteria then adjustments can be made to the equipment that is being used. According to Dr. Alexander K. Powers, about 135,000 children ages 5-18 are treated for sports-related brain injuries. Most are minor concussion, but he is unsure of what would be of the children in the future. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries can vary from minor to severe and it also depends on which part of the brain is injured. If bio engineers such as Stefan Duma succeed in building a safe helmet for the young people then injuries to the brain could be greatly reduced. I do not think we should make football illegal, but still I would discourage kids from playing. Nonetheless, it is their choice and I have no control over them. Life isn’t perfect, there are ups and downs and sometimes people will only learn when they make a mistake.

    Sources:
    http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=190524

    http://www.wakehealth.edu/Health-Central/A-Neurosurgeon-Tackles-Brain-Injury-in-Youth-Sports/

    http://www.biausa.org/living-with-brain-injury.htm

    https://www.headway.org.uk/Effects-of-brain-injury.aspx

  • 18cloc

    I know high impact sports are dangerous but they shouldn’t be banned. I play ice hockey which is a high impact sport. I think they should change the way a helmet is structured and the way it protects you. High impact sports can be made safer, I think they can be made safer by improving the gear.

  • 18rche

    I think that football can be a dangerous sport, but I don’t think we should ban the sport completely from schools. In my opinion, I think it would be safer to start football in high school rather than at such a young age, to prevent further injuries. I think people should be able to play football at schools if they choose to. The parents should be informed about how many injuries could possibly happen to their child, but if they still insist that their child plays football at such a young age, then I think it is fair.

  • Caroline H.

    I think that it is ultimately up to the individuals who play these sports to decide if it is worth the serious health risks. Personally, I would not choose to play a sport that could cause such serious health issues, but if others are ok with putting themselves at risk than I guess it’s their choice. But, I think that everybody who plays football or other sports should be informed about what the chances of them getting concussions and other injuries are. I am not very familiar with the rules of this sport, but I think there could also be more rules for the game that help prevent serious head injuries (especially in schools and other teams for kids). But, I think implementing more rules to prevent serious injuries could be difficult because some people see safety in these games as a sign of weakness. “Many NFL athletes have been playing football for their entire lives, and the NFL’s strong competitive nature and pressure to perform are some reasons that players ignore concussion symptoms or play before they are healed.
    In addition, sports media focus on dramatic tackles, and some commentators and players have made fun of attempts to make the game safer.”

    Source:

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I highly agree with what you say about the element of choice. But sometimes, people make the wrong choice. Whether it’s out of pride, out of anger, out of joy, people can and tend to make the wrong choice. Maybe some more rules are a pretty good idea that we should look more around.

  • Pinya Colada

    Football can be a very dangerous sport. In my opinion, safety is a top priority. If you get a serious injury at a young age, it could effect the rest of your life. I don’t think high impact sports should be banned, though. They still give a lot of great opportunities, but they should be safer.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Pinya Colada,

      “The hardest hit was made in practice.” And “there were 3 times as many hits in practice than in a game.” Theses facts make you realize that practice might be why head injuries are developing. If we make practices shorter, less practices a week, or teach kids at a young age how to hit correctly than we can make head injuries in sports decrease. Football is an American sport and kids should learn to love the game.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that football is a dangerous sport. That is why they are given a lot of protective equipment and taught precautions if something were to happen. I also agree with the point about being in a sport provides opportunities. Being in a team sport can give you the skills needed later in life including cooperation skills and strategizing skills. Being in a sport can also help you focus ins school. Focusing in school can lead to high grades which eventually can get you in a good college. If you are serious about the sport and good at it then colleges could also provide a scholarship. You see, there are so many opportunities in a sport that could better your future.

  • 18edau

    I think that people can make their own decisions and they can take the risk if they want to. If they decide that they don’t mind taking the risk of hurting themselves, I think that they should be able to play if they want. Younger children might be influenced by their parents or they might not be educated enough to make the decision, but I think that their parents have the right to decide for them.

  • 18wlam

    People should just be more careful when playing sports like football because they are dangerous. They shouldn’t be banned from ever being played again, but people should just take precautions on how hard they are tackling people. Players can get seriously injured and never walk, talk, or do anything on their own. Any sport where their is a lot a force being used, like in soccer when people use their head to hit the ball, you have to be careful where on the head they use. It will hurt if you use the wrong area on your head to hit the ball and it could damage your head.

  • KnowEl

    I think that when a player signs onto a team and decides to pursue that profession in their immediate future then they need to realize that there are risks, of course, in a high contact sport. It was their desicion and their’s alone; no one forced them to get tackled all day. If people are willing to take the risk then it’s on them.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with the fact that it is the person’s decision to play the sport. Before you agree to play, most of the time you know what you are getting yourself in to. There is always risk in whatever sport you choose to do. Realizing the risks and taking precautions is a necessary step to complete when considering doing a sport.

  • Margaret Roberts

    Since we are talking about youth here, they have their whole lives ahead of them so no, its not worth it.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you, it’s not worth it yet. If we were to make equipment safer and more absorbent to impacts than it is worth it. If full contact sports would be made safer than it would convince me.The chart below shows sport related concussions to non sport related. Remember that they chart is from 2008 and those numbers could have changed. But since those numbers are out of all total combined amount of concussions, it seems like the youth age groups have less concussions than the older kids. 11-18 is a age were most kids start playing school football and that is why I believe that there are more injuries there than any other group. And since kids are still learning how to properly tackle. So there are always ways to lower concussions, we just need apply that to the kids. And we have been improving padding and helmets technology to absorb impact a lot more than it used to. So we are evolving to make contact sports safer. Thats why I disagree with you.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      Well, we can be saving more lives if we told the PARENTS, who force their kids to play.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I disagree, just because there are higher risks of injury doesn’t mean that they should not be able to play the sport. They could upgrade the helmet paddings to lower the risks.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    I believe that any child should be able to pick what sport they want to be apart of, but in that they should know what bad injuries that can be caused when playing a heavy contact sport. Therefore helmets that have sensors to document how had you get hit is a great idea. In the film it says “Virginia Tech researchers placed helmets with sensors on 7- and 8-year-old football players and collected data on more than 750 hits to the head over a season.” I don’t think that those sports should be taken away from them, because every sport can be dangerous no matter how much gear you put on.

    • Lindsay Tong

      I totally agree. Each sport has it’s own consequence and it should be the child’s decision if they want to play or not. They have to know hat they’re getting themselves into.

      • ChristineP_4BoydBence

        I disagree with you, Lindsay. How could you expect children under the age of 12 or 13 to make their own decisions? I think until they are a certain age, they should play less risky sports. “early in life are particularly vulnerable to damaging their developing brains”. It isn’t worth it.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree with Maddie.
      If they want to play these high compact sports, they can, but at their own risk. If they are aware of what these sports are capable of doing to their bodies.
      The helmets are a great idea. It would really help know how much damage has happened.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I completely agree! But not just with football but with a
      bunch of other high impact sports, like boxing and even more dangerous sports
      like skateboarding and BMX. People are making a big deal about football when so many other activities cause significant injury as well.

      (via- http://www.familiesafield.org/pdf/Injury_page.pdf )

  • Kai Sugioka-Stone

    I really don’t think that sports that cause permanent damage to somebody should be played anymore. Even if the chance is decreased, it’s still possible, all the same.There should be rule changes like no ramming each other, or stopping anything that could cause brain injury, for that matter. Honestly, I think we should replace this sport with a safer one, one that can’t permanently damage people. I’m not saying that we should remove it, but it is a possibility, because I know there are always people who crave to watch sports like these.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Kai Sugioka-Stone,
      I agree that we should make some changes for the safety of the kids but we shouldn’t change the sport itself much less take it away. They have been around for years and not everybody has been seriously injured. There have been some people, but that could be prevented if maybe we changed the protective gear ti make it safer for them then everything would be alright.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Kai Sugioka-Stone,

      I agree that there can be rule changes that can make the game safer, but that dose not mean it can’t be played anymore. As you can see by this chart football
      has the most injuries out of all these sports. If we change the way the equipment is designed or some rules to make it safer, football injuries can decrease significantly.

      • alexm_3boydbence

        I agree with you on some parts Henry Zhu. Although, you make really good points, I believe young kids should not be allowed to play because it does hurt them and can affect them in the long run or even as they play. Not only does it hurt them it also hurts the kids around them, because they have to tackle to get the ball. I agree with you that they should apply more rules to make the game safer.

        • NWeix-1stboydbence

          While is certainty hurts them and can hurt them bad, I strongly think it’s stupid to get rid of a entire field of entertainment and amusement because, let’s face it, people do stupid stuff all the time. And I hate restricting freedom of others, or suppressing free will and desire on what to like/what should be enjoyed.
          However, they should indeed add more rules to make the sports less dangerous.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Kai Sugioka-Stone I don`t agree with you I believe that sports that can cause damage should keep on being played they only just need to be modified so that everyone who is playing is staying safe. We shouldn’t have to replace the sport if we could just make it less dangerous to play.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      Kai Sugioka-Stone I don’t agree with you that sport don’t cause permanent. Because all the research and studies show that 44.8% football players got a serve concussions in 2012-2013 from high school.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      Kai Sugioka-Stone I don’t agree with you that sports don’t cause permanent damage. Because researchers and studies show that 44.8% football players got a serve concussion in 2012-2013 from high school.

      • David Ayarra

        Who the hell are you?

      • ESigler-2boydbence

        I definitely agree with this comment. I have friends who have permanent damage due to sports. And as Ct stated, studies show that these high compact sports cause brain damage.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I don’t agree with you at all. Just because it causes damage to their body doesn’t mean we have to get rid of it completely. People do dangerous things in society all the time. Driving is dangerous, but people still do it. Making buildings is dangerous, but people still do it. I don’t see people complaining about those things. So if someone wants to play a sport, then we should let them. Who are we to keep them from doing the things they love? If they get injured playing it, they at least got injured by their own choice.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      Kai Sugioka- Stone- I don’t agree with you, if you look at the chart you can see that players will go back to play too early therefore causing more damage to themselves. Permeant damage can be cause if they keep playing with these concussions.

    • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

      Kai Suigoka-stone i don’t really agree with you on the fact that we should stop playing contact sports, although one season of football is like being a car wreck I don’t think we should stop we should just better protect players from it

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      i don’t agree, many people still play hard contact sports for the fun of it. Even thought there is a chance they could get a concussion out of it, they still take the risk. and we shouldn’t replace the sport because whats the fun of that. It makes no sense

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I disagree because I play basketball and NBA Player even I get injured almost everyday, I have bruises, scars, even sometimes concussions. Its not just football it’s most of all the sports in the world. The graph I have below shows how many percent of people….come back from injuries

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      If the sport you are talking about is football then you are wrong, or in any contact sport. It should not be restricted, it should be improved. Since helmets and pads have come such a long way, they have decreased serious injuries. The picture below shows a football helmet from the 1960′s in the NFL. We have evolved the sport to make it safer and if we continue on this path it will only get safer. And thats why I disagree with you.

    • SpencerH_4

      I do not agree with you at all because the game doesn’t need to be changed its the equipment! making it so u cant hit people and make it so u cant hit hard is the dumbest idea ever the entire idea of these sports like football and lacrosse and hockey is to be aggressive and when people go flying and get hit hard thats what people like to watch! Thats why Football is such and expensive industry because people like physical stuff and people will pay to watch it. majority of men want to watch something aggressive and dangerous not watch some little fairy sport. its not how the sport is played or the rules that need to be changed but its what there wearing. The way football is changing is already ridiculous by this rate the NFL is going to be like flag football in 10 years with all the new hitting rules it doesn’t need to change any more. Just the gear.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I don’t agree with you that Football shouldn’t be played anymore. If they want to play Football, they should be aloud to play. If they want to hurt themselves and have fun at the same time, then they should be able to play that sport. I do think that they need to wear the new helmets so they son’t suffer from permanent brain damage.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      Kai I feel like sports like this should all be up to the person if they are willing to play the sport well knowing what the damages could be they should be allowed.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, the people that go in know what they are doing, but I do not think that replacing “America’s sport” will be easy, and barely anyone would agree with that statement.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I don’t agree with you that Football shouldn’t be played anymore. If they want to play Football, that is there and there parents choice. I do think that they need new gear to wear so they don’t suffer from permanent brain damage.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      Kai Sugioka-Stone -

      I don’t really agree with you. I can get hurt anywhere its a part of life. Football can teach you many life skill, and I think kids should have the opportunity to learn those skill. Football can teach you teamwork and discipline as well as perseverance according to about.com. Therefore we shouldn’t take the sport from our children they should have that choose.

    • Michelle_S_Period3

      Kai Sugioka-Stone, I agree with some of what you said. I partially agree with you when you said that sports that cause permanent damage should be banned. I dont think that these sports should be banned, but I do think that children shouldn’t be aloud to play them until a certain age. I agree with you when you said, “There should be rule changes like no ramming each other, or stopping anything that could cause brain injury, for that matter.” These are very dangerous things that happen in heavy contact sports that can negatively affect your body and brain. I think that this is a good idea, but it is a somewhat unrealistic change.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with the fact that we should just replace football. Not only would it cause huge backlash, but it wouldn’t work. We would come up with another sport to replace it that would come with the same if not worse risk of injury. It’s not the sport that should be changed, it’s the rules and equipment used.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I disagree with you. Just because there is a potential of serious injury doesn’t mean the sport should not be played there are simple ways to fix the issue of injurys.

  • makibk

    I think that this sport is dangerous but I don’t think they should exclude younger players, and that includes the parents decision as well. But the player should still look at ” what could happen”. Athletes in multiple high school sports, appear even more likely to suffer concussions than athletes in those sports at the college level.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      makibk,
      I agree that they should be watching what they are doing, but that isn’t going to stop them from doing it. They shouldn’t be stopped they should just be protected more with higher quality equipment.

      • makibk

        I agree as well.

  • Michael Richie

    Children shouldn’t be able to participate in these sports, due to the high risk of being injured. However, I do agree that the individuals should be notified of the risks of participating in such sports beforehand, because sending a child blindly into violence is not ok. Considering this is a minor league, the coach (and parents) should both contribute to adding more protection to a child’s body to reduce risk of fracture. I feel that the awareness of this subject, especially because it includes Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), should be heavily looked over. A doctor in san francisco talks about how important and intelligent the brain is, and how it cannot sustain more than a couple injuries before corruption for the body itself. Rotational injuries to the head are a very common type of injury in football, and it causes many concussions commonly. It is a serious type of hit that can disconnect parts of the brain, that should connect, to the rest of the body.

    Sources: http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/sidelined-sports-concussions/

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    In my opinion i think that kids should have a choice weather or not they should be about to play heavy contact sports, with the consent of a parent. Many kids do not know how badly injury they can get when play these sports, neither do the parents. Some kids know how bad it can be and they still play with the knowledge of concussions. Some kids even play with a concussions and the chances of making it worse are very high. The image it represents The amount of players that are still wiling to pay with them knowing or having a concussion. If you look at the %90 bar you ill see that most players know they have an injury or they will return to soon and they still play these heavy contact sports. When playing with these injury’s it can lead to making them worse and further damaging you head. These are some of the many reasons why kids should chose to play as well as the consent from a parent. The parents should be well informed about how bad these injuries can get. So the decision should be made by booth persons.

  • Justin Stewart

    I don’t think that high impact sports should be banned. Many people like to play sports like American football and they should have the choice to do so. The article “Head Injuries Raise Questions about safety of Football” gave statistics such as the fact that since 2010, 41 professional NFL players have suffered concussions during a game. This proves that without a doubt, football is a dangerous sport. With this said, people should play if they want, to their own risk. I think that there should be more public information on the health risks associated with playing football, but no restrictions should be put on it, as to infringe on peoples rights.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Justin Stewart

      I agree completely. When more people know what can be caused by such an aggressive sport they will realize that things need to change, or they will become aware of what may happen as an athlete. As stated in USToday, “Lee Hanson, founder of the firm making the Guardian Cap, says his product reduces head impacts ‘up to 33%’ in lab tests.” If we make helmets more protective then there will be less head injuries in the sport.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Justin Stewart I agree that Football should be banned just because of head injuries but instead modified so that everyone can still play without worrying “am I going to get a concussion?” What I dont agree with is that there needs to be a change in this sports it doesn’t necessarily mean how we play it but we need to make it safer so that we dont have to worry about getting as much concussions .

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    Discussion on KQED Education
    Are High-Impact Sports Worth The Risk For Young Athletes?
    JacobG_2_BoydBence • 2 minutes ago
    In my opinion i think that kids should have a choice weather or not they should be about to play heavy contact sports, with the consent of a parent. Many kids do not know how badly injury they can get when play these sports, neither do the parents. Some kids know how bad it can be and they still play with the knowledge of concussions. Some kids even play with a concussions and the chances of making it worse are very high. The image it represents The amount of players that are still wiling to pay with them knowing or having a concussion. If you look at the %90 bar you ill see that most players know they have an injury or they will return to soon and they still play these heavy contact sports. When playing with these injury’s it can lead to making them worse and further damaging you head. These are some of the many reasons why kids should chose to play as well as the consent from a parent. The parents should be well informed about how bad these injuries can get. So the decision should be made by booth persons.

  • Hank Smith

    I believe that there should be a mandatory seminar about the health risks of contact sports before you join. There should also be an increase in helmet technology to make concussions less common and reduce brain trauma. Although this being said i don’t believe young people should be restricted from playing these sports because it is their choice and sports like football are deeply rooted in American culture. Rule changes would be annoying due to the fact that it takes about 50 years to get through a game of football due to the hundreds of game pausing penalties that are already intact.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      Hank Smith,
      I completely agree with you, there are children getting hurt, but the majority of them aren’t. All hat needs to be done is upping protective equipment.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with this. Hank is correct in the thought of informing the public first. The other thing he got correct in my opinion is the fact that the helmets need better technology. I believe this first starts with a changing of the helmet to a more slanted shape than a round front. Changing the rules wouldn’t help a huge amount but informing the players on how to hit better then just having them charge head first

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    I believe that heavy contact sports should not be allowed for younger kids or teens. Since now that we know that kids can get permanent brain damage we need to change how we play these sports. The rules really need to change. I believe that there shouldn`t be any equipment at all and just make football a non contact sport or at least they need to change the rules on how to tackle. These teens don`t realize what danger they are putting them selves in by how hard they are tackling each other. All they think about is if they win the game or how good they did. They never really notice a concussion until there head really starts to hurt. Concussion happen mostly in football because of all the head on collisions. I strongly believe that heavy duty contact sports need to be changed BIG TIME.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      This picture for some reason didn`t get attached.

  • Griffen “Beyonce” Vojvoda

    All sports have their risks, but football is known for its full-contact, max-force collisions. That’s why it is more important for football than other sports, to have fully functioning protective gear.

    The helmets currently used for professional football, are not up to par with what is needed for protecting the wearer. This causes a staggeringly high amount of brain injuries in players (specifically CTE). A recent study found that “4 former NFL players who have died and donated their brains to research, the percentage of them who have pathologically confirmed CTE is staggering – over 90″.

    With the rampant injuries from football, and other contact sports, a new standard for head protection should be made. This standard should include both fully functioning helmets, and pulling players off the team if they start to develop brain injuries from tackling.

    This standard should also be enforced for those who play for recreation and specifically those who are youths, and not yet fully developed. The standard for people playing ages should be more encompassing however, and include a seminar before hand on the dangers of full contact sports, specifically the dangers of brain injury.

    Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/football-head-injuries-increasing-bigger-faster-players/story?id=18183735

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree with you completely. With modern technology, there are helmets that are able to brace the impact of football. Using thermoplastic technology, they could prevent most concussions for occurring. And there is even a test that I think should be a standard- the baseline concussion test. It measures attention, memory, and reaction time. If taken before a concussion occurs, it can offer a timeline for afterwards to when it is safe for athletes to return to activity.

      Source: http://www.choa.org/childrens-hospital-services/concussion/baseline-testing

  • Christian Deering

    Personally my father played football, he experienced many concussions and many broken bones. High impact sports are very dangerous, when my dad played they taught them when they tackle someone, hit them with your head. So I think that high impact sports like football are very dangerous and need more protection and padding in the helmet and chest guard. “All junior high and high school athletes participating in the following high impact sports: football, soccer, basketball, and wrestling must undergo a concussion baseline screening before they can participate in those sports, effective with the start of this fall’s athletic season.” This means that before the season all players must undergo a screening of brain activity then screened again after games to see if the brain activity changes which could indicate a concussion. Source:http://www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/pages/Puyallup_School_District/Departments/Communications_and_Information/News_and_Publications/District_News_Archives/News_Archives_for_2012-13/1053286191419474836

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I found what you said really interesting. I never knew that football players are actually suppose to use their heads to tackle people. That does cause a higher risk for a head injury but being a little league I believe the kids don’t experience the full impact. Starting a contact sport young is dangerous but as you said they provide more protection and padding. I think kids should be allowed to play contact sports young if given the right protection. I liked the point you made about middle and high school students having to take a concussion test. Being in high school myself I have taken the test and it is helpful in the sense that if I ever got a head injury I would take the test again and they would compare. The test is made to test the areas of the brain that are affected by a concussion like, memory. In conclusion kids should be allowed to start young as long as enough protection is provided and both the kids and parents know the risk.

  • Avalon Cassard

    Personally, I know kids who play high impact sports and they have experienced injuries like concussions. So I think that high impact sports are extremely harmful. Players need to be more protected and padded for a safer and more secure game. Especially with children as young as 6 playing these kinds of sports with these high levels of contact. I don’t think it’s necessary to ban them per say, but i think we should enhance the equipment we have and make it more protective to support the health and happiness of the players. Puyallup school district is doing a concussion testing unit for high school students that are going into high impact sports such as football, soccer, wrestling, and basketball. The must undergo a concussion baseline screening before they can play on these teams. I think this is the way to prevent or deal with concussions in schools, because it measures how their minds work before they have a concussions and they know how it effected their brain and if it caused any permanent damage. All schools should do this test for the wellness of the players and to make sure that none have any injuries that will effect them forever.

    Source: http://www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/pages/Puyallup_School_District/Departments/Communications_and_Information/News_and_Publications/District_News_Arch

    • IsabellaV_2boydbence

      Avalon Cassard,

      I agree with what you’re saying. They shouldn’t completely ban the sport, but they should be more careful and protected with padding and helmets. If you’re playing a full contact sport, you’re gonna get hit. That’s why there needs to be protective gear to decrease injuries and concussions. The University of Florida are researching on how to make a safer helmet. http://news.ufl.edu/2014/01/09/safe-helmets/

  • E C

    Kids should be able to play high-impacted sports to experience their likes and dislikes in life. Future consequences can effect what they want to do in the future. High-impacted sports may not be as dangerous as people think.

    • Lea

      I agree and athletes, coaches, and families should be educated of the possible consequence of playing a high impact sport.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I do not agree with your reasoning. Because the kids aren’t making the decision, and they do not know about the problems it causes. The decision should be a combination of the player and parent. If the parent is informed and informs their kids, and they are both ok with the possibilities. That is why I believe we must inform then, and then they can make decision

  • Alvin Dean

    I think that football is a great sport for younger kids to play its not that much of a safe sport to play but its a good sport to play but kids can get hurt from anything not just a simply sport because rugby is worse than football because if the younger kids

    break an arm or a leg and by the way when your out there playing you cant even feel it because your so happy to play so nothing hurts you and if the younger kids fill a hard hit or seem of impact from one of the other kids they can go take a sit and claim down and chill out and wait to get back in the game

  • Andrew Ortega

    A lot of sports are not safe, but to me football is the most dangerous one of them all. At younger ages kids do not get hurt as often. When kids start to play high school football, players are going to be more stronger and there going to tackle hard. I don’t think people should blame the sport for injuries I think they should blame themselves because that what they signed up for and that’s what they want to play. Also for practices they should do tackling drills so that the player will know what it feels like to be tackled and so that they know how to react before getting injured. Even in the NFL there have been players that have got injured where they cant play again. A rule that is used in the NFL is that if both heads make contact that can cause an injury, they will be penalized. There has been NFL player who have died from injuries on and off the field. Junior Seau a former NFL player had died less than a year ago from brain damage. If a player in college football or the NFL gives another player an injury to their brain they should be penalized and suspended for a couple of games to make the game safer and even to put more padding on the players waist and above.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/seau-death-latest-in-string-of-similar-deaths-of-ex-nfl-players/

    http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/31/4450304/death-of-derek-sheely-shows-why.html

  • Martin.Gasca (A.Aron Balakay)

    I believe that foot ball for the younger kids should still be okay. Parents should know what they are getting their kids into. But if both the parent(s) or child is fine with it, then I see no problem with it. But I believe they should of more protection around the head or the kids should just play flag or two hand touch football instead of tackling. As well as the kids I believe the teens and adults who play football should be more careful because kids heal faster than adults.

    Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I agree with you but i believe that the information is need to be more public so hat the parents know that even though they take less hits. The hits they do take are almost always helmet on helmet. Which are much harder on the brain then anything else.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree with your opinion. I also think that the article you linked did a good job of keeping all the facts about the problem in mind. Essentially, I think that, instead of keeping younger athletes from playing, they should be able to play while understanding what could potentially happen.

  • IsabellaV_2boydbence

    I believe there should be new education and equipment to help prevent concussions and injures in football. Football is that traditional sport that parents play with their kids. Most school have a football team. The children have a choice of playing football. Everyone knows that there’s a possibility of getting injured by playing football, but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop. Since they won’t stop playing football, we should use the new knowledge that we know about concussions in football and advance technology to create new equipment to protect the players. If we make new and better equipment for the players, then there won’t be as many injuries in football.

  • John Diep

    #DoNowConcussion/ Personally, as a football player I believe that kids should be allowed to play the sport. Football is known for its physicality and it possible injuries but the only enhancement is to make more rules and have better equipment. People of all ages still received concussion or injuries whether it NFL or high school but that part of the game its inevitable. Therefore, the only real solution is to teach our players to be safer when it comes to playing the game like keeping your head up when making a tackle. I truly believe that Football make individuals physically and mentally stronger and it has some characteristic traits that cant be taught.

  • Ellie Teare

    I think that high-impact sports such as football are dangerous but they definitely should not be banned. For one thing, it’s the football players’ decision if they want to get into a sport like that. They should expect these consequences. Also, high-impact sports are a very big part in America’s culture, it could probably never be banned because fans of things like the Superbowl wouldn’t let that happen. I do think though that people should look into making the game safer by improving equipment, although in the PBS Newshour Extra, “some commentators and players have made fun of attempts to make the game safer” , but I think if people, like commentators, realized that this could save a lot of players from lifelong injuries to the head, it could be quite beneficial. I think parents should be warned that this is a very dangerous sport before signing their kids up for things like football.

  • Koii B

    I don’t think sports like football will ever be banned due to their tremendous popularity but they can be regulated, especially for very young kids. It’s common sense that young kids should not be allowed to participate in an activity that causes permanent brain damage. Keeping young kids from playing a sport will meet a huge resistance from the greater population so it’s very unlikely that any serious regulation will be passed. Some people suggest that better equipment will prevent these injuries but a recent study published by Timothy McGuine, followed over 1,300 football players at high schools across Wisconsin found that players wearing newer “more protective” helmets were just as likely to suffer head trauma as those who wore “less protective” helmets. The fact is that it’s a sport where people are paid to bang their heads together and there’s not much you can change without destroying the sport.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Koii B that football should be banned, but should be regulated fro the younger kids. Since younger kids have weaker muscles, cause they are still grown it makes it easier to get a serve concussion from sport like football. These little kids need to wait until they better equipment so that no one will get a serve concussion.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I never thought about how the public would react to this, and I agree that since football is such a famous sport in America there will be a tremendous resistance for more restrictions to younger athletes. I think we should continue to make better protective equipment and to put in additional rules that will help make it a safer sport to play. Another thing I think we should change is the age limit. Little kids don’t have the well developed body to absorb these impacts, so by letting there body grow we can avoid impacts that would injure them badly.

  • Gabriel Llamas

    I think football is a great sport to watch. I think kids should be able to play football. Its safer than other sports like hockey and I think rugby. I think there should be more padding for players like quarterbacks. the quarter back I think obtains the most concussions and broken ribs from being hit by a helmit.

  • Sophia Moore

    Childhood is the time in life to get bumps and bruises and it is expected that you will not get through the first ten years of your life without scraping a knee. However, all of this is taken into account with the knowledge that you will recover quickly and start playing again without a hint of the past injury. It is dangerous then to apply this same attitude to more serious situations where the damage is long term to a child’s entire life. We should not act with the same mindset towards a concussion as we do towards a paper cut. A concussion to a brain that is still in the process could cause serious damage and in may even cause death if it is bad enough. Therefore, I think that youth sports should be reviewed and restructured. The biggest problem is that many youth sports, such as football, are set up just like the professional games which quite honestly does not make sense for developing children that are so susceptible to permanent damage. Imani M. Cheers supplies evidence in her article about football injuries, “Since 1997, at least 50 high school or younger football players in more than 20 states have died or suffered serious head traumas on the field.” Just this quote alone is enough to scare many people into thinking a bit more about injuries on the field.

    I am not in favor of taking away high risk sports like football for youth because I know how it feels to aspire to be a champion in sports. Everyone has their own dreams leading in different directions and it simply would not be fair to take away those dreams from children. They do not have to be in such vulnerable situations though as they reach for those dreams. I like the idea of designing helmets specifically for children to protect them. In addition to this though, I think that modification to the sport on the younger lever could be appropriate, maybe even going so far as to making it touch football instead of tackle. I know that this would be controversial with hard core fans of the sport, but in this situation I believe that it is necessary to put the needs and safety of children first.

  • Aitor Iriso

    I think that although heavy contact sports are proven that they are dangerous in causing permanent brain damage, everyone has a choice wether they want to take the risk of playing a heavy contact sport or not. You have the risk of injuring yourself in pretty much any sport. The only thing in my mind that provokes injuries in football is the protection that every player has. I mean, would you want to charge into a player at full speed without a helmet and padding? The armor in the sport encourages players to be rough and aggressive when they come in contact on the field. I don’t think it should be banned because the sport is already very entertaining. For young children however, since their muscles have not developed fully, the contact should be reduced by not playing tackle football.

    For professional footballMost researchers believe that C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in dozens of former N.F.L. players, can be diagnosed only posthumously by analyzing brain tissue.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/sports/football/new-tests-for-brain-trauma-create-hope-and-skepticism.html?ref=headinjuries&_r=0

  • Olivia C. (lynn’s class)

    Along with most people here, I feel that high-impact sports should not be banned but improved in a way that makes them less risky to players’ health. In the PBS Newshour article it says, “Americans have been trying to make football safer for more than a century.” but, from my point of view it seems like not much has changed. Living in America, football is a big deal especially with the superbowl on the way, so that is a major contribution to the reasons for not banning high-impact sports(mainly football).

    As for the argument agaist childrens sports, I think that that is a decision made by the parents and coaches of those sports. The only thing that could be regulated is the amount of tackling during practice and games. Overall, if you don’t want to get injured, don’t play the game, or, realize that there are risks involved when you decide to play.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Olivia,
      I agree that these high contact sports should not be banned. But, when dealing with these sports for younger children I feel that we shouldn’t just regulate the amount of tackling in football but also, improve the way the sport is played for the younger children. That may mean, improving equipment and modifying them for the younger athletes but also modifying the playing field/arena or where ever the activity may take place because these injuries are not only caused by impact from other players but also, from unsafe conditions in the place where the activity takes place. That being said, I also think coaches play a roll in some of these injuries. If a player gets injured in practice the coach may just tell them to keep playing but, this may just injure the athlete further. So, until you know what if the injuries are serious or not you should take precautions.

  • Gabriela

    Knowing how popular a sport such as football is, it’s hard to ban it from school and little leagues. Personally, I believe that all agents should be aware of the risks and causes that can happen during these games. It’s a parents decision to still put their kids in a football team, or a sport such as football where the impact to their body is tremendous. I don’t believe we should ban these sports with such high impact, but to have better equipment for the players of these sports. Better and stronger equipment should be designed for sports like these that’ll reduce the chance of brain damage or any other serious problem that might occur.

  • Jackie C.

    We know heavy contact sports can cause permanent brain damage in young people but we can’t keep people from playing the game. In all sports there is a certain amount of risk that people take when they decide to play. Very young kids might not understand that risk and that’s why it’s so important to get people educated about the high risks of these sports. “There’s essentially nothing known about concussions in elementary school and middle school-aged kids. And that’s really why there’s a need for more research in this area. It probably makes sense to everyone in the room that guidelines for college kids don’t apply to 5-year-olds,” said Dr. Frederick Rivara. Since we know about these high risks, more research should be done so that we can really understand the effects of these concussions and more done about educating people about this, specifically the parents of young people. It was mentioned in research that while helmets may protect players from many other injuries of the head, they do not protect players from concussions, so improving the equipment will not help with this problem. However, certain rule changes and regulations may help to reduce the amount of concussions. Rule changes for young players have already been tested out in Canada and have significantly reduced the amount of concussions.

    Source: PBS NewsHour video New Study Examines Effects of Concussions in Children

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Jackie,
      I agree that young children should be educated about these issues even though may not think it is important to get an education about these sports an their risks but, at that age they don’t really see the importance in most things. I think that there should be more research done on concussions in elementary and middle school aged kids, those kids do a lot of risky activities and have a large chance of injuring themselves or getting a concussion. And, if we don’t know a ton about concussions at their ages then we don’t have the knowledge to help put them on the right path to heal, etc.

  • David Ayarra

    I understand the risks and dangers of high impact sports to young kids, and it may cause damage since they are not fully developed. I believe that kids by the age of ten or older can withstand the hit, but I also think that kids nine or younger could play also under more safety such as having softer helmets and more soft layers under their clothes, or they could just have the young kids practice tossing and running rather than actually playing the game.

  • Madison.s

    I don’t think football will be banned because of its widespread intense
    popularity. However I do see the improvement of equipment being heavily
    supported by parents of younger learners. Of course it’s obvious a game that
    can give the players life altering brain damage should be banned. With this
    amount of research showing that the activity causes depression, dementia, and
    loss of memory how can we not only not ban it but also do nothing to improve
    the safety for the players. As one of the main researchers on this
    subject Dr. Mukherjee explained serious blows to the heads “causes a disconnection of brain regions that should be in communication. And that we believe is the cause of the altered thinking, the altered memory.” The article Sidelined: Sports Concussions then went on to show slides taken from a D.T.I.-rendered visualization of the brain and showed a region in the frontal lobe that is vulnerable to damage from concussions. With all this time, effort, money and research spent on this subject and with the results saying it’s a dangerous game I don’t know how we can carry on with the same attitude about this sport. Every day millions of people are at risk and I think it’s time something is done about it.

  • Jordan

    Contact sports are dangerous, however it is the responsibility of the player in question to do as much research as possible into the potential danger, from best-to-worst-case-scenarios. However once the discussion comes to small children, my answer changes. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to research potential damage, however it is the child who suffers from negligence. Therefore, certain regulations need to be put in place to minimize damage to children.

    First off, equipment needs to be adequate. Pads should not only have padding on the inside, but the outside as well, so that both players engaged in a tackle are adequately protected. Helmets need to be sturdily designed. A field, which is arguably considered a piece of equipment, should be adequately soft in terms of the dirt.

    That being said, it must be reiterated that there is no “safe” way to play football, or any contact sport. The fact remains that there is always going to be a risk for injury and trauma. What CAN be changed, however, is how large that chance is. Regulations like the aforementioned should be put into effect to ensure the safest possible playing conditions for contact sports.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Jordan,
      I agree sports can be very dangerous, especially for kids. Proper equipment and boundaries would improve the situation greatly. We need to make sure kids aren’t pushed to far and asked to play on injuries they might already have.There will always be a risk but it can be greatly reduced with the proper precautions

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      Jordan, I agree and disagree at the same time. I see how you want it to be up to the kids to take the responsibility and ask themselves if they should play this sport but little kids can’t make decisions like that. That’s why I believe they shouldn’t be able to play risky sports until they are at least 12 and can make their own researched decisions.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that the helmets need to be changed. I don’t think that the pads should have padding on the outside because then they can’t cause as many fumbles in the game. Fumbles are one thing that helps a team out in a game. That being said, the helmets need to be changed so that the kids won’t suffer permanent brain damage in the future.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I can agree with what you said Jordan. The equipment of the sport does need to be improved and that children and their developing minds need to be protected.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree the gear dose need to improve and especially for young children that can still be developing.

    • Michelle_S_Period3

      Jordan, I completely agree with you. When it comes to small children the parent or guardian is responsible to research the damage that the sport could have on their child. Children should not have the decision to play a sport because they don’t have as much knowledge on the dangers of it. I also agree with you when you said that there is always going to be a risk for injury and damage to the child.

  • Bethany Kharrazi

    I think that contact sports should still be allowed to be played even though there are many dangerous impacts on people. Sports give many Americans entertainment and taking it away would upset the sports media network. Taking it away would also remove dreams and hopes from the many people who wished to be great atheletes in a contact sport that they love. But becuase the brain is extremely important to one’s body, there needs to be something done to help fix the risk of getting concussions. I don’t have any idea of what that could be, but something should happen. More effective helmets? Better garments that produce a softer area for players to land on? Or have players reduce contact with each other throughout the game? I think this issue goes beyond just football. In my extra source: http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/sidelined-sports-concussions/ the video highlighted a highschool girl who plays volleyball and she said, “I thought to get a concussion, you’d have to be like completely knocked out and I thought the main ways are like playing football. Like I didn’t really think that it was possible for girls to get concussions.” This just shows how people do not understand the cause and effect of these injuries. I also found it particularly disappointing how she thought that only football players could get concussions and that girls could not. This baffled me! There obviously needs to be more awareness about the impact that these concussions have on people.

    (For Lynner’s Class)

    • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

      Bethany I agree with you on this I also think that people should invent new softer pads that lessen the impact when your playing and new helmets that can lessen the impact when you are tackling others, but from my own personal experience most of the helmets and other products haven’t worked out to well our school has some of the nicest football gear you can have and it still doesn’t prevent kids from getting concussions. I believe that we should teach the kids to tackle better not just slam each other but learn how to position themselves when tackling to prevent a concussion as well as softer garments because the football pads are like wearing bricks.

  • Megan L

    Right now I am bordering the line between the ideas of whether it is okay for young people to continue playing heavy contact sports or not and the conclusion I have come to is, it is up to them. If we did take away the sport it would definitely anger the young people and they may become rebellious which could lead to even worse injuries. It would be better if we just tell them of the dangers and risks they are taking if they want to continue to play. Most risks being head injuries and sometimes broken bones in other parts of the body. If even after hearing this they still decide to play the sport then it is entirely up to them or their parents or whoever is in charge of them. We cannot take away a sport just because it is dangerous, however we can find ways to make the sports more safe, either by adjusting the rules or by improving the equipment. However, if we do adjust the rules, there could be a problem there because the new rules might take away the “original” fun of the game. People play the sport because it is fun and because they enjoy it, but if you change the rules so that there is either no physical contact with other players or that you have to wear heavy protective gear that limits movement then the game could take a turn for the worse. There are people that watch these sport games because they enjoy the heavy contacts between the players or they enjoy seeing the tackles. If the rules that are adjusted cannot fit this criterion then we can move onto plan b, and that is to adjust the equipment e.g., helmets, shoulder pads, etc. Dr. Alexander K. Powers stated that about 135,000 children ages 5-18 are treated for sports-related brain injuries. Most are minor concussions, but he is unsure of what would be of the children in the future. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries can vary from minor to severe and it also depends on which part of the brain is injured. If bio engineers such as Stefan Duma succeed in building a safe helmet for the young people then injuries to the brain could be greatly reduced. I do not think we should make football illegal, but still I would discourage kids from playing. Nonetheless, it is their choice and I have no control over them. Life isn’t perfect, there are ups and downs and sometimes people will only learn when they make a mistake.

    Sources:

    http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=190524

    http://www.wakehealth.edu/Health-Central/A-Neurosurgeon-Tackles-Brain-Injury-in-Youth-Sports/

    http://www.biausa.org/living-with-brain-injury.htm

    https://www.headway.org.uk/Effects-of-brain-injury.aspx

  • Aria-Grace B.

    Growing up with a father who was always very largely involved with football im not completely shocked to hear this. he had told me how his memory isn’t really the same because he played football so much in his youth.i am all for the fun of sports and think it is a fun and healthy way to be active but if getting a concussion is a common currency in this sport the health bonus doesn’t seem quite as promote. i dont think that they should end the opportunity of youth and adolescents of playing football but i do think that maybe rules should be altered. in an extra video i watched from PBS:New study examines effects of concussions in children, Dr. Robert Gram from George Washington University pointed out that in canada the same problem was occurring but with ice hockey and it fix this problem the rules for youth and adolescents playing ice hockey was slightly altered and the concussion rate dropped to a quarter of what it originally was. I think if we simply carry this out throughout our football leagues for youth and adolescents this problem will fix itself.

  • Sayuri F.

    Since before the Romans humans have coveted the acclaim and glory associated with dangerous sports so it is no wonder that these young aspiring athletes should have such a yearning enthusiasm for football, especially with all the attention it gets around superbowl season. As it has been said, we cannot stop these youngsters from playing football or dreaming of becoming a football star any more than we can stop football from existing. That being said, the ultimate priority should be the safety of or pertaining to the cranial domain because there is only so much damage a head that small can withstand.
    Of course young people should be allowed to play heavy contact sports but should helmet and sports equipment companies be allowed to sell products that offer little protection of their intended area? I think not. When concussions happen, the responsibility rests on the shoulders of said companies and the very nature of the game of football itself. But I will say that i do think that the research that they are doing is nothing short of progress and we shouldn’t give up just yet. I only wish that parents not be kept in the dark about the real damage their children are faced with, and how much their developing brains can tolerate.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Yes,I couldn’t have said it better myself.I have to say I never really even thought about the relation of the romans with sports.I also agree with what you said about not being able to stop these kids or anyone from dreaming.As well I think if the creators of the gear improved that it would help a great deal.And if the parents would actually look into this that would help as well because it’s their children out there putting in risk.

  • Jake Nations

    As I had experiences with a couple of “high-risk” contact sports I think they should not be banned because they are dangerous. These sports people sign up for and practice and it is there decision to play the sport. They have the ability to play whatever they want and this new technology with better gear to be more protected is great. It gives us less of a risk to get a serious accident. A professor from a electrical and computer engineering named Priya Narasimhan develops new technology and gear for contact sports. For example she is discussing about Football Engineering Research Group “Everything [the NFL does] is incredibly progressive without spoiling the spontaneity and fun of the game, because you don’t want technology to get in the way.” My further sources are from this website http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2010/0908/Football-gear-technology-seeks-to-make-game-fairer-safer

    To summarize what I have previously said, any contact sport should not be banned because of the danger it brings to people. They have the freedom to participate in these sports and the new technology will decrease the risk of injury, making it more safe to play.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Jake Nations,
      I completely agree, the decision to play a high impact should be an informed one between the parent and child. We need to Inform people of the risks and improve technology to keep the children safe. Just like in any activity people can get hurt and we just need to be cautious.

  • Eli Solomon

    I think that children should be allowed to play contact sports, but it should be much safer. The fact that many children are sustaining traumatic head injuries is atrocious. “Since 1997, at least 50 high school or younger football players in more than 20 states have died or suffered serious head traumas on the field.”This is simply a tragedy, and one that could have been prevented. With more research on what types of hits are the worst, more development can be done on helmets for younger children, this risk can be greatly improved. However, one major problem that no-one seems to talk about is the effect of the culture of football in these injuries. The culture seems to demand that players ignore their injuries, and play through them. In fact, this seems to be an issue in many sports, where people will get injured, but they will either never tell anyone, or if they tell their coach, their coach will tell them to play on, instead of letting them take a break. Until this is changed, I don’t think this epidemic will ever end.

    Sources:
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Eli,

      I agree that children should be allowed to play high contact sports and it is horrible that children are getting such severe injuries. We do need to make the sports safer, especially for the younger athletes. I like how you said, “The culture seems to demand that players ignore their injuries, and play through them. In fact, this seems to be an issue in many sports, where people will get injured, but they will either never tell anyone, or if they tell their coach, their coach will tell them to play on, instead of letting them take a break.” I know from experience that this is true, I was a gymnast and I had hurt my ankle but when I told my coach, she said to just keep going. This ended up injuring my ankle even more which led to a longer recovery/healing time. Therefore I do think coaches should pay more attention to athletes injuries and let them sit out if necessary. Or else, this issue will stay around.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I highly agree with you kids should have their freedom and should be able to choose things like adults if people were to make choices for everyone lots of people would be very unhappy. I also agree that making the sport football and any other sports safer but we shouldn’t go in there and ban kids from playing the sport that they may love and play from the rest of their life.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      Eli Solomon- i disagree with you, by making things safer the game will just be less interactive and less entertaining. They should not make things safer they just need to inform people that play these heavy contact sports, how bad concussions are and how they can happen.

  • Avery Andrews

    I do not think that contact sports should be banned because they are dangerous. Americans do plenty of things that are just as dangerous every day and most of us are just fine. That does not mean that we shouldn’t try to make these sports safer. I don’t even know why there would be anyone against making innovations in football helmets-it can only help! Scientists like Evan Breedlove are already starting to implement their technology in schools like the University of Indiana, “This season, NFL officials hope to introduce “smart helmets” and mouthguards outfitted with accelerometers and radio-frequency identification to measure the location and direction of hits experienced during a game or practice.” I also think that the parents of young athletes and athletes themselves need to be more educated on the risks of playing before they join, this could help prevent lots of lawsuits and unhappy parents.

    My external source is: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-07/smarter-football-helmet-could-prevent-brain-damage?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=2&con=a-smarter-football-helmet-could-prevent-brain-damage

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Avery,
      I agree with you. High contact sports should not be banned because they are dangerous. Everyday Americans do plenty of activities that are just as dangerous, so why only ban high contact sports. Creating new and safer equipment for these sports is already underway and if we continue with this then we can improve the safety of these sports and therefore there will not be as many major injuries. I like how you stated that, parents and young athletes should be educated and informed about the risks of these sports before they in roll in them. This will help prevent some of the lawsuits and issue that are occurring.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Avery Andrews,
      I agree with your points, and I think it is very important to make sure safety is a priority for younger children playing high impact sports.Since they are so young and they brains are still developing it is very important to protect them without taking away the many benefits sports offer. We are making tremendous strides in safety technology but we need to keep moving forward to prevent more injuries. We also need to make sure parents and coaches aren’t pushing kids to far especially if the kids already have injuries.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I completely agree with you on this. Just because something is risky doesn’t mean it should be illegal or banned, they just need to add more rules and equip better protection to stop this. People love to take risks, and some people take risks for the thrill of knowing if it was worth it. They should decide if the risks outweigh the benefits.

  • Leia O

    Banning high contact sports (such as football) would be impossible because of the 5,000,000 players in the US, but the equipment to keep players safe could always be improved. In this video we learn that an impact over 98g is close to a concussion, but it is impossible to build a concussion-free helmet. Football players are always at risk for having some sort of heavy impact on the brain but the sport shouldn’t be banned because helmets DO keep the players pretty safe. Using information from accelerometers placed in helmets of football players the design/structure of football helmets will be safer in the future.

    Information on helmet design and new technology:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/3021850/tech-forecast/can-these-football-helmets-detect-concussions#

    • Glen Taggart

      Trying to ban high contact sports WOULD be ridiculous, but also, governmental funding and endorsement for and of these sports through highschool and college football teams associated with schools could be stopped, which would cut back the injuries to people at a sensitive age, and keep government out an area they should not be involved in. This would also free up a significant amount of education money to actually go to education. At one school district in Texas, more than twice the money was spent on average highschool football players ($1300) as was spent on the average highschool math student ($618). This education money should be refocused on providing educations.

      Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/the-case-against-high-school-sports/309447/

      • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

        I agree the process would be really hard to do and a crazy thing to do people would not be happy. I think that instead of banning it we try to improve the safety and we should let kids and adults make their choice we shouldn’t be making choices for others.

        • Glen Taggart

          Yeah, we shouldn’t try to regulate what people do on their own time with their own resources and at their own risk, but the government should not be spending education money funding these sports. When these sports are run commercially, employers like the NBA should have to comply with safety regulations.

      • lilliand_3_boydbence

        I agree with you for saying that it would be ridiculous for HIGH SCHOOL sports to be ban , but the question is about kids be be banned. and it that saying I still agree with you saying that i would cut back on injuries.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      The thought of banning football is impossible, the changing of the rules would make the NFL loose money and expensive safe equipment would be super hard to manufacture and sell to little league football teams. Money makes the world go around and people want to see those big hits and those nasty injuries. So if a rule stops those from happening then everyone will watch something else.

  • KENNETH CHAN

    Football should be a sport available only to older kids because getting concussions at a young age can lead to serious brain damage. Concussions happen regardless of how old the player is but it will be much worse if it is someone very young.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      Alright, this I can agree with. Though I think football and such other sports are fine, playing them at a young age isn’t too smart. I think once you pass the age of 11-12 you should be able to play sports you would like to play.

  • Alfonso Haro

    sportsarephysical actives that causes damage and should be known for this kind of warning for all kids or adult or teens. But i’m not saying sports are bad to but should be cared for and treated under your acts and if you want to join. For adults or teens or kids parents are allow to know who they are going to effect. So taking their privilege of how to play a sport is unreasonable to do that. To make this sport safer is in the care of the people making the equipment and they should always be find ways to make the damage taken from a it less but not taking the fun out of it. At the end sport are and should be taken by the responsible by the people sighing the paper so that they could be part of the sport.

  • Lindsay Tong

    I think young kids should definitely be involved playing football. We shouldn’t hold them back if football is what they love to do. It teaches the kids communication, cooperation, and confidence. Although football is a great sport, I do believe the consequences of playing is just as important. You can have fun but, the damage that can be done is critical. There should be a way so that these kids can enjoy their sport and be well protected a the same time. Their protective gear should be enhanced or maybe even change the rules if we have to. A single hit to the head can quickly end a player’s career. Some kind of effort must be made. #DoNowConcussion

    • trevorosterhoutbenceboyd

      i agree completely with you that gear and mostly helmets should be improved in order to make concession on any level less frequent that kids should be able to play what ever sport because it help reduce stress and lower energy so they will sleep better improving the mood and grades.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Lindsay Tong,

      I completely Agree, If football or any other high impact sport is what someone is passionate about we should not stop them from playing. Not to mention that sports have not only health benefits, but social benefits as well. Kids learn good work ethic, Collaboration, and have increased self esteem. Kids that participate in sports are also less likely to be involved with drugs or crime. We need to allow kids the option to participate in sports while having the adults monitor safety.

      http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/blog/post/The-Benefits-of-Playing-Sports-Arent-Just-Physical!.aspx

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you saying we can’t stop them ,and yes we NEED to find a way to keep them safe while playing a heavy contact sport because with them at a sensitive age they can eaisly cause head injurie that will affect them in the future.

  • Glen Taggart

    I think that sports that significantly damage people and their brains, such as football or boxing should not be run by the government, except, maybe where they turn a profit (such as in college football, which makes money at the expense of the player), and where they do, significant safety regulations and measures should be put in place. This would mean that High School Football funded by public schools would no longer exist. Commercially run sports (like the NFL) should be regulated to a high level and at least be forced to meet normal private sector safety regulations. The United States Department Of Labor states that employers are required to “Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act.” The brain damage from playing sports with heavy impacts as we do now is becoming recognized, and I would say it seems to be a serious hazard. A “recognized serious hazard”. This suggests to me that football leagues do not even comply with the United States Department Of Labor’s requirements. They should at least have to employ football players just like any other employer. There should be no special treatment or disregarding of the rules for commercial sports teams. I do, however, think that there should be no regulation of what people do in their own time. If people want to get together and play damaging sports without using government funds or endorsement, nor making profit for themselves, they should be free to do so at their own risk; it is out of the reasonable domain of the government to interfere with what individuals do privately.

    Also, having young children playing football seems like an absolute terrible idea. It shouldn’t be up to their parents to decide their future brain health, and the children are at far too young of an age to make a rational decision for themselves.

    Source for quote: https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.html

  • 18kgoe

    I believe if they want to play this sport, great! Just know the consiquences that may come with it, and if you’re still okay with it, get on a helmet and start playing! I have been through various sport injuries and a couple of coaches who could care less, there is permanent damage that can be done. I tore my rotator cuff (and some other stuff…) at nine years old and now in middle school I may never have full use of my arm again! I am okay with this only because I knew it would happen because of one of the sports I played. If you are aware that something may go wrong, be careful that it doesn’t! If you have a coach like I did who will make you keep going until you can’t move your arm, go to a different team!! Certain injuries can be avoided, and the unavoidable ones all come with it. Keep on swimming, “y’all”

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      18kgoe I completely agree with you I think that if the kid wants to play then let him/her play and tell him/her the possible problems that can come with the sport and also tell them how much fun it is as well.
      I think it should be a coice of the kid and the parents not the world.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to disagree with you because these kids can get injured, just like you did. Although, your still alive much more worst things can happen to them. I feel that young kids should not be able to play but adults should because they control their own life.

      • 18kgoe

        I can understand where you are coming from, and I agree that little children have little power over their lives, but the parents were most likely okay with the decision to put them in this sport. The kid will also want to play the sport if he/she sees the “big kids” playing it and want to join in. He will get more hurt in the uncontrolled “big kid” environment than an at least semi controlled environment playing with kids his or her age.

        –keep swimming “y’all” :)

  • 18jcol

    I think in this case the benefits outweigh the risks. I think it helps children to join sports because they will become more fit and also they will become more social and get friends.

    • trevor_O_period 2

      i agree wit that completely football is a proven stress relater and make you have a better mood and that their is a risk and it could be made safer with proper equipment

  • 18vmon

    I think it is not worth it at all. When a kid gets hit in the head over and over again there whole lives are changed. The NFL players who had many many concusions brushes it off as part of the game. Is it worth it to have a stutter at the age of 35? Is it worth it to loose your train of thought mid sentence? Is it worth it to be looked at like your mentally handicap? Telling the kids about the risks of concusions isn’t enough when he already has 5 by the age of 13. It’s not enough if it is already too late.

    It’s just not worth it.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      Is it worth it to make friends? Is it worth it to have fun? Is it worth it to feel like you have achieved something in your life? Football is more than injuries, dude. It boosts self-esteem, boosts confidence, boosts your body, and so much more. I would rather stutter at age 35 and know that when I was 13, I did something with my life! Knowing I wasn’t one of those kids on the couch and deciding whether or not to kill myself would make me one of the proudest people on the planet.

      • 18vmon

        Um excuse me dude. You would rather not have a job at 35 because no will take your job application? First of all suicide is not a joke at all. So if you feel like the one of “the proudest people on the planet” because someone has a disease is horrible so you should be ashamed of your self really. And second of all I am not a dude, thank you very much.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      In a way you make a super valid point. But through my personal experience i have to disagree with you. I have played football from second to ninth grade and I haven’t suffered a single concussion. The only injury I ever got ever was while I was skateboarding. And if you don’t start football or sports in general early you wont have the experience needed to compete at a bigger level. Like I played baseball for the first time on a team a few years ago and all the other kids were better than me because they’ve practiced and played more than I have. Practice makes perfect and the more you practice the more you can avoid injury and play better.

      • 18vmon

        I agree with you. Practice does make perfect. I am not saying that everyone would get a concussion. I’m glad that you did not get hurt playing football.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I disagree with you saying its not 100% worth it because it gives good health, cardio, good sportsmanship, and feeling a part of something, but it does have the doubts of injuries so that why they need safer equipment.

      • 18vmon

        Sure the cardio and sportsmanship can come out of it. I agree with you on that.

    • IsabellaV_2boydbence

      Football is not just about the injuries. You can learn team work and good sportmanship. In sports, you can make new friends. They get a new experience with sports. You also get exercise from playing sports.

      • 18vmon

        Sure. You can make friend by nocking them cold on the ground with a concussion. Sure it would be a great to bond in the hospital. That would be great exercise to be sitting on the sidelines because you can’t play for a month sure.

  • 18tmon

    I don’t think that high-impact sports are worth the risk for young athletes. I know it is their choice but if they get a concussion and have brain damage the rest of their life could be ruined. Sometimes it is not the child’s choice, a parent might have them do the sport. Most kids don’t end up making a living out of the sport they did as a kid. Right now as a kid it might just seem like fun, but later they might wish they didn’t do that sport if they’re injured.

    • David_N_2

      Thank you 18tmon for your opinion.
      I have to agree with you, Mr. Stone clearly stated that the young body is still under development, and a constant injury, whether it is large or small, could lead to permanent damage. If the child was to play any particular sport, then both the parent and the child should understand and be cautious of the dangers, and they would be likely to regret the action of ignoring the words of caution given to them. We can do nothing but inform those out there who wish to participate in such activities so they may sustain their physical health.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with this statement because little kids should not really have their choice but at the same time if they enjoy that, they should still be into what they love so there are goods and bads to this topic. Most kids don’t end up making a living out of the sport they did as a kid. Right now as a kid it might just seem like fun, but later they might wish they didn’t do that sport if they’re injured.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      18tmon, I have to disagree with you. Yes, there are risks to playing a sport, but there are risks to anything you do in life. You could get a concussion falling down the stairs. This acticle: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/concussion2.htm………. Talks about something like bicycling, is one of he leading causes of head-injuries, not just during a heavy-contact sport.I do however think that more precautions should be taken to prevent further injury.

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    I think that contact sports at a young age, despite their risk, are a very vital part for a young person to develop into a confident adult with team and leadership skills, a fitness mindset, and most importantly, something to put effort into and care about! Improvements on helmet safety and technology can be made, but to miss out on the values learned and the fun from a youth sport would be a bad choice.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree with this statement. Sports can be a very important part of a child life, and even a teenagers. But these kids need to play at their own risk, and realize that permanent damages are possible.
      All in all, sports are a vital part of growing up. they are almost a necessity for growing.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    I feel like these high contact sports are ok to be played in High Schools. But, there needs to be more caution in what the kids are doing to themselves. They need to be aware of what the sport is capable of doing to their bodies.
    Also, I feel like the amount of competitiveness needs to decrease but a lot.
    The kids are so worried about winning that they don’t care the condition. For example, my best friend had damage in her knee from volleyball, but she insisted on playing on.
    These sports need to take great caution of the damages. Then it will be good to play.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with Emily and heavy contact sport should be a caution to kids because there can be a big risk on an injury, Thats why I with Emily on the fact that they need to be capable of what they could be doing to themselves.

  • Francesca Botto

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that high-impact sports are worth the risk, however, every sport has its risks. That being said, one cannot eliminate the risks of these sports, but we can be more cautious. By using the results found in these studies done, we can improve the manufacturing and production of the helmets. I think that sports are a part of our society, and they’ve been around for generations. Banning them would be counter productive.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      I agree with this statement except for the first part. In the beginning you state that high impact sports are not worth the risk. I think that there are worth the risk because they are quite fun. Not to mention risks aren’t that high anymore, with all of the padding players wear.

      • Francesca Botto

        Well I don’t think any high-impact sport or “fun” is worth the risk of permanent damage to your brain. If you read the study, you’ll see that although there is padding and helmets, the impacts are still at a rate of over 80g. There is much much more to be improved in this field

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree with you completely, I think that we can’t take the risk out of the sport but we can lower it. The chart below shows concussions in children 18 years old and younger in contact sports. This shows data from 66 hospitals and 1 unit equals 1 million. If we make the equipment safer then we can reduce these numbers dramatically. So I agree with you, if we improve the manufacturing and production of not just helmets but all pads in all full contact sports than we should be able to decrease concussions and injuries.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree with you. It’s true that you can’t eliminate the risks for these sports. However, stating whether it’s worth the risk or not completely depends on who you are. Personally, I think that it’s better to be safe but almost all football players will disagree.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with this statement by the high-impacting sports being risky because I think it depends on what sport you play but you get injured in all your sports. I think that there are worth the risk because they are quite fun. Not to mention risks aren’t that high anymore, with all of the padding players wear.

    • trevor_O_period 2

      i agree it is play at your own risk but do the kids know the risk and what action are being taken in order to reduce those risk kids and adult need better equipment so that the high impact sport are so risky

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you, Francesca. It is up to us to keep our children safe, they can’t make that informed decision themselves. It isn’t worth the risk. There are plenty of safe alternatives. “750 hits to the head over a season”. It isn’t worth it.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I Agree with you francesca we cant just tell children/teens that there not aloud to play sports knowing are generation they are most likely to rebel against that by playing sports in secretive. in this article (http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/allowing-youth-sports-to-be-childs-playit )says it has been documented that physical activity is necessary for normal growth in children. We cant just take that away from them We dont want that so we can make a comprise and agree to let them play sports with more advance padding to make it safter for are children

  • Nikki J.

    There needs to be less emphasis on high impact sports for youths. It can cause a lot of problems later. Once these kids go through years of high contact sports, injuries develop quicker and damage a person’s body more. It’s okay to do sports growing up but there needs to be caution. Sports are meant to keep us healthy, not to injure us and cause problems for our health later in life. If there were better ways to monitor sports so that injuries were less, then the sport world would be much safer.

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/221003.php

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      No necessarily. If they wear the proper padding and gear they wont be as injured. There is no guarantee that these kids will have problems with any part of their body later on in life.

  • Caroline P

    Sports with high numbers of head injuries, such as soccer and football, need to take charge and protect the athletes participating. There should be another option besides simply not letting children to take place in contact sports. It is coaches, parents, and athletes place to take responsibility and protect themselves by paying attention to the studies and taking measures to shelter themselves. Though it is important to pay attention to the toll concussions and impact sports play in future mental health issues for professional athletes, our youth will deal with the same issues, just on a lesser level. Overall, our communities are becoming more aware of brain injuries and the severity of head injuries. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nfl-nih-collaborate-on-traumatic-brain-injury-concussion-research/

    • BrandonBurlisonPeriod#3

      I think that head injuries are a very important thing as well it can really hurt you if you do receive a concussion and you are always off balance forever after it and it is extremely hard to recover, I think that better helmets could assist the football community greatly but current helmets that are designed to reduce impact are not doing the job and don’t work that well

  • Maliha M

    I feel if we produce the right equipment then i think we don’t have to worry about the risk. But as for right now it is quite dangerous and tracking helmets like we saw above, that will limit the number of injuries. Also with smaller kids, i think we have to be more cautious and perhaps make the games a little more strict to protect them. Football is naturally a risky sport. we cant change that!

    • David_N_2

      Quite true, Maliha M.
      Although, I have to slightly disagree with you. Children, as Mr. Stone stated, are ver vulnerable to injury because of their developing bodies. Even with protective equipment to lower the risk, impacts of great force basically nullifies the effect of the gear. Although we cannot actually do anything to anyone but our children, we have to educate the uneducated about the dangers of high impact sports. It is their decision to choose to participate in the activity, therefore those who do choose to participate in such sports should understand the risk of doing so. True, that we can’t change the sport, but we can tighten the rules to set a minimum age to play.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I can completely agree with you. Espicially, with smaller kids. They can play for now but I feel they should imply more rules to make the game safer, until technology has improved and they have made safe enough equipment for the kids to use. As for Adults, I feel as if they can do what they please because america is a free country and they should have the right to play what they feel.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      Your opinion is very thoughtful. It’s true that we can’t change football as a sport. However, teaching football players to be cautious and aware of what may happen under some circumstances can decrease the number injuries. This makes the best alternative to restricting certain players from playing football.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree with You completely its not the way the game is played but its what the players wear that need to be better and it has! the New Ridell helmets reduce almost 30gs of Impact to players than the old helmets like the Schut and other old helmets! Finally someone who understands the way sports are and how they way impact sports don’t need to be changed just the equipment!

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Mailha M i agree with you sports are a part of who we are and shouldn’t just be taken away. I feel for younger children we should not have them have a contact sport because there brain is just developing and it can affect them in the long run. But teens/adults are mature to make their own decision whether or not they want to risk there heath to play a sport they love in this article it says n 7.6 million high school students (over 55% of all students) play sports that a lot of children and teens at risk so with your suggestion updating there padding can make it safter for them (http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/blog/post/The-Benefits-of-Playing-Sports-Arent-Just-Physical!.aspx)

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I also agree with you 100%, if we stop worrying about if we should ban the sport we can produce better equipment so this factor of the game will be gone.

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    I think that young people should be allowed to play Football even though there may be some risks. I only say that because restricting them from playing will probably lead to games outside of school. This is an even worse situation because they won’t be protected at all, most likely. With that said, I still think they should be protected. After all, “a degenerative brain disease that can cause symptoms of dementia, including memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, often times many years after the trauma.” In conclusion, I think that it’s better to let young people play under the authority of an official Football team because they will better protected.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    I really think football is a high impact sport because of the helmets having an impact with a huge impact with your head. People should have there own freedom to play it or not..I mean I played football in 7th grade and I got injured many times it was my choice, you get hurt in many sports like basketball, hockey, and maybe sometimes baseball has some injuries. So it’s just freedom, football is one of the most played sports in the U.S. I mean football back then was not much of a dangerous sport, until they made those pads which they thought would protect the body.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    I think that young kids should play any sport if there having fun even if there are risks of getting serious injuries. There parents should know that as playing a contact sport they are still going to get hurt even though they are wearing equipment. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-08/helmet-wars-and-new-helmet-could-protect-us-all

    THis website says that they have the helmet that can save football.

  • SpencerH_4

    I play football and
    lacrosse I think that the sports should not be banded? That’s a dumb idea because
    you can get hurt doing most anything, no offense to people who play baseball
    but that’s not know as a high contact sport but there still are major injuries
    like getting hit with a fast ball or in some cases having to truck the catcher to
    get to home plate. And even sports like dance you can role your ankle or break
    it. There’s Risk in every sport you play! Bowling, your finger can get stuck in
    the hole and it pulls it out of the socket. There are injuries in all sports,
    so the debate doesn’t need to be about should young people be allowed to play heavy
    contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? Should
    there be new education, equipment or rule changes to help prevent concussions
    in football? But it needs to be how can we help prevent these injuries such as
    better equipment and such. It’s not the sport that needs to be changed its what
    is being worn to protect the players that needs to be changed! Yes even thought
    most hits by kids 5th grade and under are 25gs or lower that’s a lot
    to a kid of that age but with better equipment like more padded helmets and
    such those numbers can be lowered!

  • Nick M

    I don’t believe children below a certain age should play full-contact football or other heavy contact sports. The risks are great, and for very little reward. With children not having the muscle development to handle the contact, waiting until they are of (at least) high school age is smart. The majority of athletes won’t become professional athletes as a career. For those who do, it is possible to develop all-star skills beginning in high school (several NFL athletes never touched competitive football until high school). For those who don’t become professional athletes, we need to create a culture in which children are excited and perfectly content to play less aggressive football (flag football, two-hand-touch, etc.) then are given the opportunity to play at a higher level when they are older and physically prepared.

    Abolishing high contact sports isn’t really an option: the NFL makes a tremendous amount of money, and athletes won’t turn down that kind of opportunity. But maybe we can do something about reducing injuries for our children, our future leaders.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Nick, after reading many comments on this blog, your opinion about starting to play at a later is the first I have read so far. I agree with you and think that by starting to play when the muscles and brain are more developed could help reduce head-contact injuries.

  • Brandon C

    I don’t think that heavy contact sports should be banned for young athletes. Like any other sport, they’re something you choose to do. Even if it’s dangerous it shouldn’t be banned. You might as well ban mountain biking, skiing or even tennis. All three have risk of life debilitating injury. Perhaps some more education and research should be pursued to make football safer, but getting rid of it completely would be much to over the top.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      I agree, I think anything really can be dangerous. If we start taking away anything and everything that could be potentially dangerous, we’d end up with next to nothing.

  • Isabel Bartholomew

    Whether high impact sports are “worth the risk” for young athletes is up to the athlete to decide. All athletes should be made aware of the dangers of sports-related injuries, but they shouldn’t be kept from playing should they decide it’s personally worth it to them. There are plenty of scary stories in the news (like this NPR article about brain injuries in baseball:
    http://www.npr.org/2013/12/18/255223351/brain-injuries-cause-for-concern-in-baseball-too )

    At the same time, people love their sports, and they aren’t going to stop playing. Better solutions would be helmets with sensors, like we saw in the video, and technology that is developed to suit the age of the player.

  • William Cisneros

    Contact sports are dangerous, but I don’t believe that they should be banned. There should be a follow up to the research to these projects performed by VT researchers. Through the data that they collected, companies like Riddell should be able to create a more protective youth helmet. I think that the most accessible and easiest option is to have better education for players and for parents. Kids should learn from the beginning how to hit properly, and also how to protect themselves. Parents should know the risks that they are signing their children up for. Like anything in life, there are accidents and these cannot be prevented, but we need to learn how to minimize them.

    • David_N_2

      I couldn’t agree more, William Cisneros.
      I believe both the child and the parent should be informed about the risk and dangers of participating in high impact sports. Even though research is going on about more protective gear, I don’t think children should play at a young age. Children are rather vulnerable to bodily damages. Though we have very protective gear, players still receive heavy concussions. I believe that the risk is only worth playing for only if the participant understands the dangers and is willing to risk their health.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I completely agree with you, The sports should not be banned but they should have better equipment.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I don’t completely agree with you. Football help you experience teamwork and discipline. kids should have the opportunity to choose whether they get to play or not. According to about.com football can teach you life skills

  • davidjenny

    I agree that the football is dangerous, but coaches and players should be more enlightened about the dangers of concussions. But I have a feeling parents are already starting to pull kids out from high contact sports. I think this will start to be the trend until there is new, safe equipment.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. The kids should be aloud to play Football, even though they are getting hurt. That is why they need the new helmets so they don’t suffer permanent brain damage in the future.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      I agree with you that they should be more informed because I think that might help prevent concussions, but we might take a step further to tell the parents that sports don’t have to be dangerous. More people don’t get injured than do and I think that’s a good thing to point out.

  • Victor Herrera

    I feel as young athlete that young people should be allowed to play high impact sports if that is their choice . I feel like new equipment will definitely help reduce concussions especially new and improved helmets . I bought a new helmet my sophomore year of football it was a 360 helmet it was due to the fact that i suffered 2 concussions my freshman year of football . I haven’t suffered any head related injuries . We also got these things called guardian caps which you put on your helmet and reduces the force you receive to head , I feel more then anything that actually wanted me to use my head more because i would fill it as much . I feel like no more rule changes are necessary except we the NFL trying to protect the quarterback so much because you cant just protect one player let the game be fair for offense and defense .We need more concussions research because the treat of future head problems .

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree since were learning how to make equipment safer for the player there should be a decrease in how many concussions or even brain damage people will get from playing football.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, if they feel like they want to still play that is their choice, improving the equipment is the best option instead of preventing kids from ever playing these kinds of sports.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree completely with you. They should have the opportunity to choose whether the want to or not. Football can teach the them a lot like teamwork. The majority of people who play football now are younger people. We should let them learn and experience football.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I don’t agree. Children can risk their lives playing these sports. I’m not saying no one should play them, but there should be more safety precautions made to these kind of sports.

  • Abbie M.

    I don’t think that contact sports should be thrown out completely, but I do think that certain precautions can be taken and education can be offered to both players and parents. Watching my brother grow up playing little league, moving on to high school, and now playing football at the collegiate level, I sympathize with the concern of head to head contact in heavy contact sports, but I am in no way discouraged from supporting the sport. Parents sign up their children to play little league knowing the risks of head to head contact, but maybe don’t know the extent of the risk. I believe education is key- teaching parents the actual risks of head to head contact and what preventative measures can be taken. Also, more advanced equipment should be provided on the little league level because children’s brains are still developing and can sustain long term damage easier. Referees and officials likewise have a responsibility to actually call illegal hits and need to tighten the reigns on these hits.
    Education, prevention, and better equipment is key in providing safety to kids who play contact sports, but outlawing contact sports all together is not. Sports not only encourage a healthy, physical lifestyle from a young age, but also help kids build social skills and become fully functional adults. It would be very one sided to argue that contact sports are only dangerous and therefore should be banned. They offer kids a forum to excel in athletics, make new friends, and learn basic social skills that can be used throughout their lives. Although potentially dangerous, the physical lifestyle and camaraderie that contact sports encourage are vital in developing well rounded young people.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I absolutely agree with you being in sports such as football can have to sides negative and positive heres a website that shows the positive sides of playing sports http://www.livestrong.com/article/438668-the-positive-effects-of-playing-sports-in-school/

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree. These sports can keep children occupied in their freetime. They do have pro’s and con’. Overall I think that more safety precaustions should be made

  • Brendan M

    Towards the subject of letting younger people play contact sports, I am indifferent. On one hand, as proven by this article and the video, it is unsafe for most young children to play, because in the early football years, the kids sustain high forces that could cause concussions. Equally, many kids find such enjoyment in these sports, and could build their lives around it. I believe that we should allow these kids to continue playing these sports if we change how we protect the kids. The equipment should be improved greatly so that the kids can have a much stronger source of safety on their heads. If we had more padding, or some other way to make the impacts on the ground and with other players less intense, it would make these sports much safer, and would reduce the risk of getting concussions/ getting permanent head injuries. “Concussions can have long-term effects, as well. A 2007 study by the University of North Carolina discovered that out of 595 retired NFL players who had three or more concussions, over 20 percent suffered from depression. Others reported more problems with memory, concentration, speech impediments, headaches and other neurological problems.” -http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/

    This source shows the fact that not only the younger players need changes to the way the equipment safer, but maybe the older players also need a change to make things safer, so that they can leave the sport without serious medical problems

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Brendan, your linked article is very informative and interesting. Also, I agree with you that sports can provide enjoyment and could potentially provide a living for players in the future.Also, that developments in the equipment could drastically reduce the occurrence of injuries among players.

  • Guillermo Ruiz

    So much of the game football revolves around hitting.We cheer for it and we boo against it we argue that the rules are to strict and let the players play freely but then we do opposite when a player is injured. Why don’t rugby suffer the same amount of concussions the reason is simple because of helmets,helmets allow a player it ram into someone with there head and not feel the pain but when rugby players play they feel the pain of hitting with full force with their head so they are forced to lead with their shoulder and i think that is why they do not suffer as much concussions as football players do. Last year their were 152 concussions in the NFL most of these happened to the offensive and defensive line men these player do not feel the most heavy hits but they do take the most hits. defensive and offensive line men take hit almost every play and these hit add up. In the league of denial there many cases of long term brain injuries and most of them came from former offensive and defensive line men some of whom shot them selves in the heart in order to preserve their brain for medical study. All of this pain and suffering to former NFL players can stop if we just forced the players to play the game a little differently.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I do not agree with that. The helmet or not concussions still happen. Think of your head as Egg and your brain like the yoke. you can cover the egg up and try to protect with what ever you want but when you shake the egg the yoke will still move around in side the shell. That is basically what happens inside your head. So if you are going to put your son in football now that this comes with the sport. And they will still happen even if we wear them or not.

  • Ellie L

    I do not think these types of sports should be banned, nor do I think that would be possible in a country so dominated by the idea of “tough”. I do, however, think that children and parents who wish to participate in such a sport should be much more informed about the risks. I believe that they will choose not to play a sport or to play a non-contact sport instead. This thought was backed up by several articles I read. To quote one sports report article, “USA Football, a national governing body partially funded by the NFL, said participation among players ages 6 to 14 fell from 3 million to 2.8 million in 2011, a 6.7 percent decline.” It also stated that Pop Warner and USA Football was attributing the decline in player numbers to the economy, and that children were now specializing in one sport instead of playing multiple sports, but other writers and sports specialists say that the drop in players is due to increased awareness of the risks of high contact sports.

    To make the sport safer for the 225,287 youth players still playing by 2012, I think that redesigning and improving the quality of safety equipment available to young children should be a main priority of this type of organization. This way, we can keep these sports alive and also decrease the amount of injuries occurring yearly, some of which can cause lasting damage to the brain.

    sources: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/report-nfl-head-injuries-led-drastic-youth-football-171008309–nfl.html
    http://www.wakehealth.edu/Health-Central/A-Neurosurgeon-Tackles-Brain-Injury-in-Youth-Sports/

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      I agree that these high impact sports should not be banned, but I don’t think improving equipment would have much effect. If we start adding a bunch of padding to the required uniforms the sports can become harder or not as fun to play with the added weight. Plus I don’t believe the equipment can get much safer for many sports. We should focus on informing people about how injuries occur and how to prevent them.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Ellie, I completely agree with you. You cannot ban sports, but you can improve the equipment to decrease the risk of head injuries, especially on the young, developing brains and bodies of young children. Also, being informed on the impending risks of a sport’s participation, parents and players can be more cautious to prevent injuries.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you for the most part but when you say that are has a problem with being tough is just stupid. Our country built of the the toughness of the people that fought wars and the toughness they showed is the resin why we have our freedom to make our own choices on if we want to play a sport in the first place.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. I do not think any of the contact sports should bee banned. They are trying to make helmets where it can absorb more of the hit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAJZm7FwGEw

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree that we should work on the technology used in equipment. While I think that some rules should be added or changed the most effective thing to do would be improve equipment. Since the creation of football theres been padding thats gotten better and better. If we keep working on the technology it will drastically reduce the amount of serious injuries that occur in the sport.

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1934056-national-signing-day-2014-tracking-top-100-college-football-recruits

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    Being from Texas football is a BIG sport here. But many people at my school have had multiple concussions before high school because of sports, mostly football. One thing that could reduce this is the helmet technology.The helmet technology has improved so much. (see picture below) They went from just leather with some wool to now having padding all around the scull and a chin strap to reduce head movement. Although we have come very far.

    We let the young kids play these games to help with team building and athleticism but we need to protect them. There brains are growing and are very vulnerable especially at very young ages. I think these kids should be able to play because it offers many benefits, like friendship, team building and athleticism. These kids deserve this privilege but it can not effect them in the future so its important for us to protect these kids.

  • Adam Orla-Bukowski

    I see how many people are calling for rule changes, and changes to the game itself, but I disagree completely. Already, there are rules that punish any head to head tackles, like the helmet to helmet foul. I think that the rules should be very strictly followed in the younger leagues, so that kids don’t wind up with concussions. But, the NFL players are being played millions of dollars to do what they do, and being injured is already a concern of theirs. But, they still do it. I don’t blame them, if I could get paid millions of dollars to play the physical game they do, I would definitely do it. I agree that increasing the use of safer helmets is important, but their injuries are really just work hazards. A construction worker can get injured at work, even killed, and they get paid a fraction of what the pro football players are paid. I guess my overall message is that if you play football, you have to take the good with the bad, and if you do get injured, then it was bad luck. There is no need for more stupid rules that prevent the flow of play, seeing as though we already have rules preventing head injuries. “The greatest accomplishment is not never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” -Vince Lombardi. Overall, I know that concussions are a concern for players, but it is a risk you must be willing to take. Do not compromise the integrity of the game of football just to make it more more comfortable.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you 100%, Ingres are apart of the sport and all people should know what they are getting there kids in too. If you are going to worry so much about if your kids are going to get hurt then don’t let them play.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree i watch professinals and kids my own age head tackel people and i think this should be more strict! you make a very good poit i never thought of. We can also help by insuring proper use and technolgy for safty gear.

  • Ryan Kelley-Cahill

    I think that it is very important the we take a look at how these types of sports affect the development of the human brain. It is still a unknown area of study, but what is known is that these sports can cause extreme damage to the human body if played too aggressively. There was a study done recently (couple years ago) that stated that playing high impact sports can cause brain damage even if the players don’t receive concussions. Here’s the link ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/03/07/study-links-brain-injuries-to-ncaa-football-players-hits-that-do-not-cause-concussions/1970177/ ). We as the people need to decide how to go about fixing the issue of people damaging their brains. As responsible people, we need to decide whether or not risking people’s functionality is perfectly fine if they’re entertaining us. The sport of football is somewhat a barbaric type of sport where physical violence is encouraged. Personally, I don’t see any rule changes coming to the sport anytime soon. There are far too many people that watch it for it’s brutality and the sport would greatly loose it’s support if it was made less violent. The way I can see people compromising is by introducing programs in schools to explain the costs of high impact sports and their lifelong affects. As they should, People have the right to do what they want with their life. We just need to make sure that they know what they’re getting into before they make a possible life altering decision.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    Henry Zhu-
    I completely agree with the fact that any high contact sport can be dangerous but it should not be banded just because of safety issues. Any sport can be considered
    dangerous and can lead to serious damage, but I don’t think it should be banded
    and I don’t think that parents should take them out of football or any sport
    because of what it can do. In that any child who does play a heavy contact
    sport should be aware of the threat that I can cause by getting a concussion or
    getting badly injured.

  • Guest

    I believe that football can be a very dangerous sport
    for Adults and children . Children should have the opportunity to play sports
    that they enjoy with safety precautions. In the video it says 20% of all youth kind of concussions come from most
    aggressive sports. I believe children under the age of 10 should not be
    able to play a contact sport. They should be able to play football and soccer
    but in away where they don’t use forceful
    contact. When there 13 they should be able to make they own discussion on whether
    or not the want to risk getting hurt playing football helmets and other ways to
    help prevent health issues in the future
    and can improve so football can be safer
    for all players

  • Michael Fitzpatrick

    i think that kids should be able to play sports but they need to know the the consequences. I dont think there should be any big rule changes or stuff like that but maybe some extra safety precautions would do, i dont like to play football but its sometimes fun to watch and i can say I’ve never seen anyone get majourly hurt from playing.

  • Guest

    I believe that Heavy Contact
    Sports can very dangerous for all age’s not just children. I
    don’t Believe these sports should be banned. If they decide to
    banned these sports the are banning a part of who we are as a unit. This sounds
    silly but sports are a part of our identity. In the video it says 20% of all
    youth kind of concussions. I do agree with that statics. But i
    do believe that by playing sports you are risking brain injuries
    and far worse than that in my opinion I believe that children under the age of
    13 should not be able to play contact sports because there brain is
    just developing and most kids that play sports when there young don’t
    end up playing when the get older. The shouldn’t
    risk permeate brain damages their brain is what helps them
    get jobs in the future believe of just banning sports over all they show make
    a compromise to update football equipment that projects the brain and
    other body parts then just banning sports i feel like with the technology we
    have to today we have the power to improved sport safety for the better

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I believe that Heavy Contact
    Sports can very dangerous for all age’s not just children. I
    don’t Believe these sports should be banned. If they decide to
    banned these sports the are banning a part of who we are as a unit. This sounds
    silly but sports are a part of our identity. In the video it says 20% of all
    youth kind of concussions. I do agree with that statics. But i
    do believe that by playing sports you are risking brain injuries
    and far worse than that in my opinion I believe that children under the age of
    13 should not be able to play contact sports because there brain is
    just developing and most kids that play sports when there young don’t
    end up playing when the get older. The shouldn’t
    risk permeate brain damages their brain is what helps them
    get jobs in the future believe of just banning sports over all they show make
    a compromise to update football equipment that projects the brain and
    other body parts then just banning sports i feel like with the technology we
    have to today we have the power to improved sport safety for the better

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    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree completely! i think that they should still be played because of the many many benefits. But we need to protect them and keep them safe. One way is to have better safely gear. In the past 10 years these injuries have decreased to technology in safety.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    I would say that these sports are very dangerous, but it is up to the player. If they want to play, by all means go ahead and play. Just don’t go and sue the league for injuries. Nobody really forced you to play. “More than 4,500 former professional football players filed suit against the league”. They spent “$765 million”. That much money could have gone to better equipment. That much money can afford to get almost all players really strong materialed helmets, or research to find lighter yet stronger material. I would also say that we shouldn’t really change the rules, since the rules doesn’t make the players hit each other and create brain concussions.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    Jordan I agree with you on the fact that we should be updating our
    equipment be more advanced to protect your child from getting severely injured.
    Even with equipment it won’t always keep you safe. With that kids should know
    the danger of what could happen in a high contact sport, But any child should
    be able to make the decision if they want to join a sport or not.

  • austin

    i definatly don’t think children should be playing football. it is to dangerous and could cause severe injury. i think the less people who play football as children the better of they will be as adults. they will live longer as well. people who play football develop dementia and CTE a chronic brain disorder.i agree with henry as well that football should not be so heavily sponsored.most people think that baseball is the american pastime but scince the 70,s people have prefered football over baseball.
    we shouldnt have this uneveness between the sports.maybe children should play baseball instead of football.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      It may be very dangerous, but some people want to play anyway, and regardless of how you feel forcing your opinions on others is tyrannical in nature and rather cruel. Just because you feel something doesn’t mean everyone else should to; the kids who want to take football just need to know and accept the risks.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I disagree with you. I think football and other sports build leadership and friendships. I do think that we need better technology to help them stay safer. The last 10 years head injures have de creased because of helmet technology.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    believe that Heavy Contact
    Sports can very dangerous for all age’s not just children. I
    don’t Believe these sports should be banned. If they decide to
    banned these sports the are banning a part of who we are as a unit. This sounds
    silly but sports are a part of our identity. In the video it says 20% of all
    youth kind of concussions. I do agree with that statics. But i
    do believe that by playing sports you are risking brain injuries
    and far worse than that in my opinion I believe that children under the age of
    13 should not be able to play contact sports because there brain is
    just developing and most kids that play sports when there young don’t
    end up playing when the get older. The shouldn’t
    risk permeate brain damages their brain is what helps them
    get jobs in the future believe of just banning sports over all they show make
    a compromise to update football equipment that projects the brain and
    other body parts then just banning sports i feel like with the technology we
    have to today we have the power to improved sport safety for the better

  • Guest

    I believe that aggressive sports.can
    very dangerous for all age’s not just children. I
don’t Believe these sports
    should be banned. If they decide to
banned these sports the are banning a part
    of who we are as a unit. This sounds
silly but sports are a part of our
    identity. In the video it says
    20% of all youth kind of concussions come from most

    aggressive sports.

    . I do agree with that statics. But i
do
    believe that by playing sports you are risking brain injuries
and far worse
    than that. I believe that children under the age of
13 should not be able to
    play contact/ aggressive sports because there brain is
just developing and most
    kids that play sports when there young don’t
end up playing when the get older.
    They shouldn’t
risk permeate brain damages their brain is what helps them
get
    jobs in the future. We should make
a compromise to update football equipment
    that protects the brain and
other body
    parts then just banning sports i feel like with the technology we
have to today
    we have the power to improved sport safety for the better.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I definitely agree with you. Children under the age of 13 are still developing and it’s very dangerous for them to get hurt. If they get a very bad blow to the head it can cause permanent damage and I don’t think any child should risk their whole career on a game just for fun

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I believe that aggressive sports.can
    very dangerous for all age’s not just children. I 
don’t believe these sports
    should be banned. If they decide to
 banned these sports the are banning a part
    of who we are as a unit. This sounds 
silly but sports are a part of our
    identity. In the video it says
    20% of all youth kind of concussions come from most
    aggressive sports.
    I do agree with that statics. But i 
do
    believe that by playing sports you are risking brain injuries 
and far worse
    than that. I believe that children under the age of
 13 should not be able to
    play contact/ aggressive sports because there brain is
just developing and most
    kids that play sports when there young don’t end up playing sports when the get older.
    They should not 
risk permeate brain damages. Their brain is what helps them 
get
    jobs in the future. We should make
 a compromise to update football equipment
    that protects the brain and 
other body
    parts then just banning sports i feel like with the technology we 
have to today
    we have the power to improved sport safety for the better.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that kids should have a choice whether or not to play full contact sports. While permanent damage is possible, especially at young ages, there is protection. In the three popular, heaviest contact sports, football, hockey, and lacrosse, large padding and helmets are required to even play. That alone reduces the chance of fatal or permanent damage. On top of the safety equipment there are many rules that regulate contact, like in lacrosse all checking must occur below the shoulder and above the waist.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    “In the 6-8 year old category there is an average of 107 impacts per player” That is a lot of blows to such a young child. I think that children under the age of 10 shouldn’t play heavy contact sports. Children under that age are very fragile. From the video those children got 70-80 g’s in blows to the head. Those numbers mostly came from practice, but they still got those blows in games as well. Over 50 g’s is very dangerous for any child and can cause severe brain damage. Football is a very big part of the american culture and a lot of parents get very competitive and into the sport. Some parent’s sometimes don’t think about their child’s safety and instead they strive to be the best.

  • JPaulino-2Boyd/Bence

    Football is arguably the most popular sport in The United Sates. However, due to its increasing popularity, various safety precautions have been implicated to help prevent extreme harm to the players. Nevertheless, thousands of young teens all across the country are being negatively affected by impact sports such as football as a result of serious head injuries. Many people have noticed how concussions have harmed young football players and have been developing innovative football gear that provides safety for both the player and the others around him.

  • Michelle_S_Period3

    Young children should not be able to play heavy contact sports. Playing a heavy contact sport has a high risk of getting concussions. The more concussions you get can affect your brain and can cause severe brain damages. Younger athletes brains are still developing. According to the Science Daily website the brain continues to develop well into our 20’s. In the article above it says, “…doctors say players who enter the game early in life are particularly vulnerable to damaging their developing brains.” Even if the sport is just for fun, it is not worth the risk for children to play heavy contact sports.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    Young people should be allowed to play contact sports. Although, the parents of the children participating in the sport should be aware of the risks and injuries that come along with participating is these contact sports. Taking away these contact sports away from young people should not be considered. There are simple ways to lower risks of permanent injuries. For example, football, helmets could be padded differently and could be made better.

  • Mia Gerson

    Lynn 9th Grade 2nd Period class: I think that some sports can be dangerous sometimes. But i don’t think that they should be banned because how can we exercise so we can keep our balance in our body up

  • Jack Cowan

    I don’t think it’s up to us to decide what sports kids can play. We don’t stop cross country runners from doing their sport, even though they can end up with lasting injuries that prevent them from enjoying just walking around. So what’s the difference between running and a contact sport? Sure, brains are more important than our legs, but there’s an assumption of the risks involved when someone signs up for any sport. Instead of taking contact sports away from kids, I think we should focus on raising awareness and improving safety equipment. Signing up for a sport is an action, and aren’t we always trying to tell kids to be more aware of their actions? If kids become aware of what they’re getting themselves into, then they are responsible for any consequences that come as a result. By improving safety equipment too, those who sign up for sports will be safer in the event that they get hit too hard.

  • Sebastian Wong

    I think they shuld have a lot more padding but I also belive that in a way it is worth the risk because they get really famous and rich.

  • Nick V

    I believe that for a young person to risk their long term health to play football is ridiculous. However, if someone is going to play a high school sport with these dangers (like football), they need to be wearing top of the line helmets. I understand that this may not always be possible, especially for students at a public school, but if you aren’t safe wearing substandard equipment, then you should not be playing the sport. Playing football in high school is simply not worth it unless you can take precautions that will prevent you from being severely injured.

  • Kai Sugioka-Stone

    I have come to restate my hypothesis. I believe that people should be allowed to play football, and no rules should be changed, BUT, I think that all major league football players should, after 12 months, be given the option (for 2 months) to have the ability to stop their football career and get a surgery that can remove as many injuries they can from playing football so they can start a new life, and the reason being that this will give them a second chance before their concussions get too serious to the point where they HAVE to win the games to get the money to repair their injuries. This may not stop the traumatizing events that could happen, but it could help it go away, because this can stop people from getting such an injury that they’ll lose their ability to play football, and maybe worse due to brain injuries. For instance, consider the following quote from this article(http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2010/10/head-injuries-raise-questions-about-safety-of-football/) ; “Roosevelt’s actions did not translate into safer play (in fact, a group of Yale students may have intentionally piled onto the president’s son). And now that the sport has become a multi-million dollar industry, enacting change is even harder.” This is what I think should be changed in football if anything, but i’m not sure if it will ever actually happen.

  • Gavin Maxwell

    The reality is kids will be kids. The children are not going to realize the cruel reality of it all until after the injury.The only way to prevent or at least lower the rate of concussions is with smarter gear.

    As of right now NFL helmets only protect against head-on collisions, these types of helmets do not account for the possibility of rotational forces in a tackle. Due to this many of the possible concussions are not prevented. If the athletes taking heavy hits such as linebackers do not get the proper protection then these men will suffer the long-term consequences.

    Pop-Sci does a great article about this called
    A Smarter Football Helmet Could Prevent Brain Damage
    you can find the article at http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-07/smarter-football-helmet-could-prevent-brain-damage

  • Kobe Hutchinson

    (resubmitted, for some reason had technical issues)
    So, in high impact sports, particularly rugby and american football, there is most definately a risk that is being taken by the players. But is this risk worth it, and how high is this risk? The Problem is, Highly damaging concussive blows are not what you can call “likely”. Yes they happen, and they can be helped, but not over-all prevented. Banning the sports is not an option, but limiting them to older age groups is, and I believe that 7 year olds should not be doing tackle football. And players from middle school onward, need special equipment. We need to have more innovative types of helmets, pads, and protective devices. As far as decision making, I think it is up to the player whether or not he/she plays the sport. Kids in middle school onward aren’t stupid, they know what they are doing, and if they don’t, then we tell them about it,and like I said, better mor innovative equipment.

  • Andrew B

    I think that youth should be able to participate in high impact sports because when a young boy is growing up he is going to tend to be very energized and occasionally aggressive. This will lead to possible larger dangers for these youth. I believe that high impact sports are a great outlet for all of this energy and power. I do agree that safety equipment needs to be improved further to protect these youth. As said in This wiki page “. Even though these riders wear helmets, head injuries can be serious.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_sport

  • joymccullough

    @KQEDEdspace I think this is their choice, and in many other careers a person could be hurt as well. Also in some cases this is the only way for some people to make it in life, so why stop it. Football players are well trained, but there can be an extra class on prevention of hurting themself.
    @MrshephardAG

  • Paige Thompson

    I believe any student should have the choice of picking out the sport they want to be a part of. If it comes down to a bad situation they are old enough to understand the situations and what not so they can make the choice whether to continue to play or quit for good. New rules could be made to stop the concussions, but that’s just a part of life. Do you think the pro players could have a meeting with their team and say I think concussion are dangerous so lets change some rules.. uhmmm no. They have to do what they have to do in order to accomplish a win. Things happen unexpectedly in life, but even after it all you just have to remain strong and smile.

  • Cheyenne

    Everyday there is something or another on the news, new studies, that deem something worse then it actually is. For one, It is a HEAVY CONTACT SPORT. There are bound to be injuries. There are risks or side effects in pretty much every aspect of our lives. When they sign up for the sport they know there are high risk factors. There are certain measures that any athlete or coach can take to keep players safe. If there is even a suspected injury, take that player out, even if he is the star quarterback. What good is a star if he/she cant even think strait? Though the equipment has been getting better and better, plastic and padding is not going to stop all injuries. Players should be more conscious of themselves and opposing players. Try to teach tackles that are less traumatizing to the players body/head. Of course injuries are not going to go away, come on its football, but i am sure through preventative measures we can make heavy contact sports safer.