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Is football to dangerous to be played at the elementary and

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Maggs Maloney

on 9 May 2016

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Should kids have the opportunity to play football at such a young age?
Football is an all-American sport that has been played since the 1860's. But, many are questioning its safety and the risks that come with playing the sport.
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April 4, 2016
Pros
lowers body fat
strengthens muscles
forms good health habits
A child learns:
leadership
responsibility
perseverance
teamwork
Cons
risk of brain injury
players don't understand risks
brain development problems are common
other bodily injuries
Is football to dangerous to be played at the elementary and middle school levels?
By, Maggs Maloney
Injuries
Because of the way football is played and its high demand for physical contact, players are at a high risk for injury while out on the field.
Brain injury is most common
Common Injuries
Concussions
Ankle sprains
Ligament sprains/injuries
Hamstring and Meniscus tears
How many athletes are injured?
About 215,000 kids ages 5-14 were treated in the hospital for football related injuries.
Kids ages 9-12 experience about 240 head impacts during one season

Can the sport be made safer?
Limiting physical contact during practice
new defending techniques
accessible programs that educate about concussions
state laws:
requiring doctors permission after concussion
Football is one of the most popular youth sports with the highest concussion rate. About 70% of all football players are under 14.
Where are athletes usually at risk for injury?
Other than brain injury:
Arm/elbow
Leg/knee
Hand/wrist
ankle/foot
hip/abs
organs
chest/spine
Conclusion
Image URLs
http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/63895452/
http://www.sportpsychologytoday.com/?attachment_id=3955
https://www.linkedin.com/topic/ct%26e
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