Soccer does have a number of leg related injuries and some concussions to its
players, but football has much more deaths, paralysis and other major injuries.
Cheerleading and gymnastics are two other sports with many serious injuries and
death. It is not even close. Having said that, there is risk in all sports that
parents need to be concerned. But that does not mean I will be pulling my kids
off their sports teams. The benefits are too great.
I also agree with Leave It To Lisa. My two sons played HS football without
concussion problems. I can only think of 2-3 of their teammates who experienced
concussions. My daughter played HS and club soccer, and I can think of 7-8 that
experienced concussions. As Lisa stated, girls soccer can be rough, and is
generally poorly officiated. I've also seen more ACL and other knee
injuries in girls soccer than in football. I understand that women are more
prone to knee injuries than men, but at three to four times more? At
the speeds at which Little League and High School football is played, I think
football is still a relatively safe sport. Safer than soccer for sure.
Certainly, the faster the game and the bigger the athletes the more dangerous
Band and drama don't cause brain damage.
I agree with Lisa - girls soccer is brutal and my daughter has major bruises
after each game. That said, football has actually been therapeutic for my son.
He suffers from sensory processing disorders. Some kids with sensory issues will
bang their head against walls to self-correct and kick their proprioceptive
nerve into gear to help the brain process better. There are other ways to
trigger these nerves through weighted blankets and other tight wraps. But
hitting in football actually helps him 'level' out, so to speak. I
would assume, those attracted to football might also have sensory issues that
they are self-treating - in addition to their love of the game and all that is
to be learned.
A new study published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (NIOSH) found that NFL players may be at a higher risk of death
associated with Alzheimer’s and other impairments of the brain and nervous
system than the general U.S. population. These results are consistent with
recent studies by other research institutions that suggest an increased risk of
neurodegenerative disease among football players.The paper
“Neurodegenerative causes of death among retired NFL players,”
published in the 9/5/2012 issue of the journal Neurology looked at 3,439 NFL
players who played at least five seasons between 1959-1988. The study relied on
death certificate information for causes of death; at the time of analysis only
10% of the participants had died. The study’s authors
highlight the fact that athletes, including professional football players,
generally have a better than average overall health status than the general U.S.
population. However, death involving neurodegenerative causes among the
retired players was three times higher than in the general U.S. population, and
the risk for two major subcategories, Alzheimer’s and ALS, were four times
I love football! I've been a fan for 40 years. My sons have played and
learned many important lessons and didn't have serious injuries. However,
my daughter currently plays high school soccer and has had more serious injuries
than my boys experienced. Girls soccer is a sport that needs better oversight
and better trained refs. I've coached and watched it for years and it just
gets more physical each year. In addition, there is NO protection for their
We all know that there is potential for injury in all sports.The
issue concerning the concussion lawsuit is that of concealment.IF,
and let me stress IF, the NFL had information about the risks, then they hadan obligation to share that information.Hiding the information for
the sake of profit is the issue.And it is not uncommon in Corporate
America.Fining the corporation only hurts the stockholders and is
not a deterrent when profits are at stake.I contend that we should
hold CEO's and other employees who knowingly conceal pertinent information
from the public should personally responsible with personal fines and jail
time.We could then get rid of much of the regulation.
@ The Skeptical Chymist - SALT LAKE CITY, UT "As long as I have breath, I
will work to dissuade anyone I care about from taking up this game."Your loss.Actually, that's a loss for your boys,
too.Like Steve Young said, he learned discipline and a strong work
ethic because of the game of football, and especially, he learned to OVERCOME
his fears.There is NO price you can put on that.None.
Pete1215-youtube rugby's hardest hits.Just because
there are no pads or helmets does not mean the hard hits would go away. They
might drop in frequency, but it would just lead to more rugby hits like
these.I am not too sure this issue will ever be resolved, just the
risk you have to take, unfortunately.
No football for my boys. Not happening.
Re. football. Get rid of the helmets and pads. Then no one will hit another
with enough G-force to do much harm. Play on!
Our sons played football through high school 15 years ago. I honestly do not
know if either suffered a concussion or any lasting injury.We are
very concerned that collision injuries from football, basketball, or other
contact sports can lead to serious problems years from now. Early-onset
Alzheimers is being found associated with concussions. And of course we all
know those that suffer joint problems and other physical deterioration linked to
contact sports. Mrs.Young does not mention the long-term in her
editorial. I don't think she really "gets it". That is
unfortunate, because the long-term is the most devastating factor with
concussion. Steve and her other sons may very well face serious long-term
health problems because of their football years.Parents must make
serious decisions in order to protect their children. I'm not suggesting
over-protection. They can learn great things from team sports. But, football
and boxing aren't worth the risks. These sports may be "good", but
there are better and best choices for parents and youth to choose from.
As long as I have breath, I will work to dissuade anyone I care about from
taking up this game.
There have always been concussions, but the number and frequency appears to be
increasing due to the style of play. I'm letting my oldest son finish out
his Sr. year in HS, but I've pulled my younger boy specifically because of
concern about repeated blows to the head.The next time you run
across an ESPN show on the top all-time NFL defensive players, take a moment to
watch. You'll get an opportunity to see in quick succession how tackling
has evolved over the last 50 years, and things are dramatically different today.
As recently as the 80's these defensive players would wrap someone up and
drag them down. Today's players launch themselves at the ball carrier in
an attempt to separate them from the ball with a bone jarring hit, and sometimes
that hit is going to be to the head. I used to love to see those plays, but I
can't stand them now.Asking a man who's devoted their
whole life to the game to drop out because they've had some concussions
isn't realistic; especially if they have loved one's to support
(Austin Collie). Make the game safer.
I can see what she's saying. We are a family, were in this together. Was
the juice worth the squeeze. Yea, it was for them. In any game you can get a bad
hand. You don't risk the farm on it. ya need a good support system [immune
system] to help ya stay strong.