Youth Football Injuries

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Youth Football: Kids and Sports Injuries Competition in youth sports is getting bigger and bigger, but injuries and other negative effects of sports cause some parents to reconsider signing their children up for sports. Sports like soccer and football expose kids to injuries more than any other sport due to physical contact in both sports. Children develop interest in these sports and to make them happy, parents enroll their children into teams at an early age. There are many concerned parents that hesitate to sign their children up because they know how dangerous it could be. Injuries cannot be stopped but can be controlled by coaches and referees. Most people will agree that children will be safe or at least less likely to get injured in…show more content…
All the fun ceases when an injury forces a player to be sidelined or rushed off the field. The most common injury associated with youth football is concussion. Younger players are more “susceptible to the effects of a concussion because their brains are still developing” (Kavita). It is scary for a parent to know that “about 67,000 high school football players are diagnosed with concussions each year” (Phillip). The statistics make it hard for parents to sign their children up to play youth football, especially if “1 in 10 high school football players sustain concussion each season” (Kavita). Some parents criticize football because of concussions and how physical the game is. If, she stated that 1 in 10 high school football players sustain concussion each season. Parents that talk against football have a valid reason to think it isn’t safe to allow their kids to partake in football. Concussions are prone to happen in youth sports games. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest performed a study of seven youth football players and found out that “the average player sustains 107 head impacts in nine practices and four games” (Phillips) which leaves the chances of concussion very high. On the bright side, protective equipment like helmets, mouth guards, and pads are available to the players which are “more high-tech and protective than ever” (Kavita) to…show more content…
Showing up to practice every day and being on time is courteous and a sign of a seriousness in every player. Kavita uses her son as an example of a disciplined player. According to Kavita, her son “has perfect attendance” (Kavita) like most of the rest of his team-mates. Perfect attendance means he participates in every drill, scrimmage and do what he is told by the coach. Every practice helps prepare the players for big games. Players have to be focused and be attentive when in practice. Discipline is learned at practice. Showing up late or doing anything out-of-order results in a punishment which keeps players in check. In practice, they learn plays and formations that will be used during games. Players have to learn and know the plays which require them to be focused. As children go through this while they’re young, they grow up to become more disciplined because they able to use their learning skills both in school and on the field. Because kids love the sport so much, they do what they are told at home so that their parents won’t tell their coach. Children get scared because threatening to tell the coach will result in punishment for them. Sports can be a way for parents to discipline their children. Proper training from coaches and parents will help young athletes to behave better on the

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