Doug Robinson: NFL injuries — the major flaw of the game

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  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    Part of the problem at the Pro level is the equipment, or lack of it. No knee pads, smaller lighter shoulder pads, and when combined with bigger/faster/stronger players who go for teh big hit instead of the solid get more injuries.

    5 has a good idea. Combined with better required safety equipment, things could be safer.

    As for injuries in high school...the most injury prone "sport" is cheer leading. Lets stop bashing football for being so blatantly dangerous, when there are other more dangerous sports out there.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    Football is a rough sport in which players can be permanently injured. It's especially risky for high school aged players who are still developing. The fact that our public schools sponsor this very risky activity is beyond comprehension.

  • 5 Orem, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Doug, they don't need to resort to a Flag football league, what they need to do is return to the old fundamentals of the game. Namely wrap up tackling. it is infinitely harder to injure a runner if you make contact with the shoulder while trying to wrap your arms around him. Sure injuries will always happen, but they would be less severe and less frequent.

    The way to inforce the return to sound fundamentals is to assess penalties every time anyone "launches" at another player without trying to wrap him with the arms. And in the case of pro football, to include in the penalty, suspension for the tackler as long as the person on whom the illegal act was committed is unable to play. Possibly for up to one year if the player is disabled permanently. Who would risk being forced out of the game by intentionally launching, or spearing, or other acts? The defensive players like the one who intentionally slammed Jim MacMahon to the turf, breaking vertebrae which began his decline, would think twice about the risk to their own career.