The younger kids are, the less developed they are (Smith). Their heads and necks are weaker so when they are hit, it causes them to have more severe injuries (Smith). Since children are not fully developed, it is morally reprehensible to allow them to play such a sport in which they can possibly have life-changing or life-ending injuries. Far too many high school athletes get concussions from playing football (Watson 35). Approximately 100,000 high schoolers report concussions each year
These children have no more time for themselves or with their families. Going along with the children’s families, the parents of these young athletes are spending large amounts of money to make their kid the best and go onto the professional league. The families of these children not only spend hundreds of dollars, but also are one of the top reasons youth sports have become so intense. They have been more involved and effect the child’s performance. These sports programs are causing mental and physical damage for these developing kids and the intensity of parents and coached have made it even more overwhelming.
Sports for the youth are getting a huge number of injuries. Parents and coaches are making kids all tensed up in a single sport. But, others think that this would teach the kid how to physically play that certain sport and push them to get better at that sport. Kids that start sports too early can lead to bad health, kids are getting pressured in the sport, kids are getting more injuries from the present then the past. Here is what the one side has to say about youth sports.
This is why people need to have the proper gear. "By the time they get to high school, kids have a 5% chance of sustaining a concussion for each season they play" (Zimmerman). If they choose to keep playing football then they will eventually end up with a brain concussion or brain damage. Over the years 65-80% of head injuries go unnoticed ("Stopping the..."58). Football player ignore the fact that it is just a headache.
If the player does not take the allotted amount of time off, symptoms become prolonged or worse. These symptoms include headache, sensitivity to light, memory difficulty, and difficulty concentrating (Davidson, Atkins, and Longe). These symptoms can be shortened if the player does not return in the game before being cleared to play, however parents and coaches push their kids or players to get back into the game even after a massive hit. This is bad for their brain and can affect their work in school, and can inflict neurological damage for the
Two years in a row I received a concussion in summer off-season training. I kept thinking: why did this happen to me, it's not fair, and why is God doing this to me? I was depressed and angry. I questioned God many times. The doctor said that one more concussion and I could have serious brain damage, if not already.
One of the positive effect that sports have on the kids is the grades. The first negative reason to why sports are bad for kids are concussions. Researchers have found out that concussions have tripled in the last decade. They also found that kids fourteen to nineteen years old have gone to the emergency room because of concussions. Parents spend lots of money for their kids to play a sport but it is a risk for getting injured, they can spend 30,000 dollars in six months.
High school sports can be dangerous causing severe injuries at a young age, lead to health problems later in life but it all could be prevented with proper training, equipment and condition. When a parent signs their child up for any athletic event they need to know that there are potential injury risks. Lethal injuries very rare but they can happen, most just being a sprain, bruise, even a broken bone. More severe than those a concussion depending on the stage. The estimated two million differentiate in injury and severity.
I realize that with sports come injuries, but I think that this problem lies within coaches’ training programs. Playing sports is a risk that many people are willing to take. First of all, it is incredibly naive for an athlete to think that there is a zero percent chance of injury in the sport of which the may play. With any sport, comes a risk of acute or chronic injuries. Athletes know this risk, and they are willing to suffer injuries in order to play their sports.
In “children Need to Play, Not compete,” Jessica Statsky talks about the damaging effects of the competitive sports when they are forced upon the children. The sports are highly unsafe for small children because they demand a lot of physical and mental energy. These sports become too much to bear and have a negative effect on a child’s health. Competitive sports are designed to be played by the professional players who are able to handle the pressure in a much better. Jessica further speaks out that the notion of winning has taken over the true spirit of the sports.
In October 2010, Jared broke his foot in practice and missed the rest of the season. In 2011, Odrick had a strong season having an interception and six sacks as a backup 3-4 defensive end. He had become infamous that season for performing the “Pee Wee Herman Dance” after recording a sack, mimicking a scene from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. On March 11, 2015, Odrick was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His current contract is a five year, $42,500,000 contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars including $22,500,000 guaranteed and an average annual salary of $8,500,000.
“Tom Brady is the gifted quarterback of the New England Patriots, widely recognized as one of the best in his positions. But in the late 1980’s and early 90’s his mom and dad didn’t allow Tom to play organized youth tackle football because of high risk injuries in youth football”(Hyman). Due to these high risk injuries, parents have been debating whether or not their child under twelve should be playing youth tackle football. For example, Cam’ron Matthews played on Alto Texas youth football team and sadly died after a hard hit to his brain in October. Children under the age of twelve should not be allowed to play tackle football because these kids are not developed enough yet to understand the concept of the game, they are at a higher risk of injuries, and they aren’t mature enough yet to be playing youth tackle football.
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