To the Editor:
The football helmet allows athletes to lead with it. It’s a weapon that moves the brain around. The effect is repeated head collisions moving the brain around in the skull.
Youth tackle football is a danger to young participants who love the game. Yet some adults refuse to understand the science behind head trauma. Recent findings show countless children’s health has been put at risk in youth football. There are countless youth football organizations that might not like what is true. What we have learned from science is tackle football is a clear and present danger to your child’s health.
It is upon youth football administrators, coaches and families to decide whether the game they love is worth a child’s neurological health. The statement is not a wild, uninvestigated theory or a stab at youth sports. Nonetheless, youth football must save itself from the carnage that looms over the horizon. Youth coaches are notorious for shielding bad news from players and parents. But, this news should not follow former ideologies about putting kids in harm’s way. Youth tackle football is dangerous and should remove the helmet from play. Plain and simple, the health of youth and teens is not worth adults’ obsession with winning.
Remove the helmet until the athletes’ junior year in high school.
Some see chronic traumatic encephalopathy as something players can escape. Some coaches and parents use the age-old if he/she can get up, they’re OK. More importantly, CTE has been around since 1920. Boxers got the tag of being “punch drunk” as the brain is shaken with each blow to the head.
“You’ve got to be tough, Rocky.”
I have no horse in this race. I coached youth football for some years. If I heard the news about CTE at that time, I hope I would have gone to flag football without question. My position is simply to play flag football until junior year.
It seems in today’s athletic climate, sports still is more important than air. Some coaches believe athletics are the Roman Games. Yet some coaches are the various coaches/parents who live through players and children. Sadly, various coaches will not read the information on youth football and CTE – until it’s too late.