I’ve written before about American Football and what has been found out about the frequency of concussions.
I can’t imagine the game going away, as it is such an interwoven part of United States culture. For my non American friends, ask me why, but that may be an entirely different essay.
Sports in America were always a ticket out of poverty. Football may be on its way to becoming even more so.
Think about it. There is going to be a break even point. Even if a rich kid has the talent, how likely is it he will risk a serious injury from football, when a lucrative career in something else may be waiting.
Back in February, my friend Tereza posted the link for a radio series about Harper High School in Chicago and the gang related shootings affecting the students, including the football team. In that case, what is the break even point between concussions on the football field and being shot?
These are my ideas:
As much as I enjoy University of Alabama and University of Arizona football, does every National Football League player have to come from the college ranks? We all know how real most “Student Athletes” are. I mentioned the example of Harper High School. The Englewood neighborhood of Chicago is not the only neighborhood like that in the United States.
Why can’t the following happen? The Chicago Bears can have an academy in a neighborhood like Englewood. The kids chosen, would live there and get Academics as well as football. You would have a supply of players.
Spread that idea, and have academies overseas in West Africa, Polynesia and Europe. Work out getting the most skilled players from many nations and deprived backgrounds.
Yes, the game is dangerous. For some kids though, the risk is worth it. Sounds cruel, but the way it is.
- Stories from Harper High School (susanblandrum.wordpress.com)
- National Youth Sports League Crusades To Prevent Rising Number of… (prweb.com)
- Brain scans show unusual activity in retired American football players (eurekalert.org)
- American Football Strategy and Tactics Resources (ask.metafilter.com)
- Scans show retired American football players have ‘profound’ brain deficits (foxnews.com)
- Football Website EndzoneFans.com Announces the Launch of Its Rebuilt Online Football Community (prweb.com)
- Football’s concussion issue finally being taken seriously (denverpost.com)
- Other view: Football right to tackle concussions (lacrossetribune.com)
- How to appreciate American Football (thing) (everything2.com)