I very much enjoyed the recent article "What it really costs to play high school football" (Sept. 2). There are costs that were not discussed.
I have four sons who have played high school football. Every one of them has sustained injuries.
My first son ended up with a herniated disc that required a discectomy. My second son required shoulder surgery. My third son required ankle surgery. My fourth son, who is a senior, was just diagnosed with fractured vertebrae and bulging discs.
According to Health Care Blue Book, the average cost for a discectomy is $13,210. The cost for shoulder surgery is $6,794. The cost for a foot fracture is $16,398. The cost for a lower lumbar fusion is $46,429. While these costs far exceed those discussed in the article, the highest cost is the fact that my sons will never be totally whole and their injuries will cause them pain, continued expense and limitations for the rest of their lives.
It makes you wonder why we support and endorse a sport that has the high potential to cripple our youth.
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