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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 23 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

I've long wondered how playing football can possibly be allowed by religions that regard the human body as a temple. Statistics have shown over and over that participation causes damage to the body, and especially to the brain. Every year that a person plays in the NFL reduces their life expectancy, and veteran players can expect to live about 55 years! Surely anyone can see the inconsistencies in a culture that worships football, yet regard the human body as a sacred vessel.

Confused
Sandy, UT

As an High School Official for Football, I am estatic that the Utah High School Atheltic Association is taking concussion serious.

this year officals have been asked to watch more closely for Helmet to Helmet, or any head contact with the hand or arm.
They want us to flag it. Remind the players to keep it clean and watch for signs of Concussions. Hopefully with the penalties, the amount of head shots will be reduced. Another thing I feel is important change is If we see a player who demostrates these signs of concussion, we will send them off the field to be examined by a medical personel.

Some people think this is over reacting, I can tell you from first hand experience that this is a life altering issue. If we do not protect our kids from hard hits, life for them will change forever.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

A close friend played college football at BYU in the 1980s when players were told to "man it up" and "play hurt." Today he cannot remember what he said to me only a few minutes before. He is anxious, can't see clearly, and wonders why the simplest things are so hard for him. His brain was beaten up and he pays it for today. Football coaches have much to answer for.

regis
Murray, UT

This editorial focuses on concussions. But research highlighted on a PBS program last night shows kids are suffering brain damage even when they don't experience concussions. The constant pounding to the head in play after play, hit after hit, is causing damage to the brains of many of these players that is likely permanent and potentially serious.

I admit I like to watch football and root for my team. But I have to wonder if it's really all that important that we are willing to let these young people suffer life-altering brain damage.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Liberal Larry has no clue.

I too am a High School official and the emphasis is to call any contact to the head, on purpose or not. I've always called the bad ones, now it's the non-bad ones that will also at times merit a foul. The helmets don't have to hit to have a foul called. That said, sometimes head to head contact will occur that doesn't merit a foul.

The onus is on the coaches to start teaching proper blocking and tackling techniques to keep their players from getting hurt. Also players and parents shouldn't watch what happens in the pros or college and embrace those techniques. Hits against defenseless players will still merit a foul no matter what they are.

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