American football has been around for many decades. Throughout all those decades, times have changed. Football used to be a sport where you only wore a helmet over your head and some pads to cover your legs. Now, you have a helmet with a facemask, pads over your shoulders and chest area, and pants that have padding everywhere.
However, it seems as if every year, a new spark gets added into the debate of “is football too dangerous?” Even with all the protection players are suppose to wear, over the last decade, we have, unfortunately, had too many football-related deaths and life-long injuries due to football. Recently, three high-school football players lost their lives after collapsing on the field a couple weeks ago.
Tom Cutinella, from Shoreham-Wading River High School in New York, died at a hospital after suffering a head injury during a game. That was after a cornerback for Charles Henderson High School in Alabama, Demario Harris Jr., died after a tackle during a game as well. Both of their unfortunate incidents happened a few days after Isaiah Langston, a linebacker at Rolesville High School in North Carolina, collapsed on the field during pregame warm-ups.
“Last year alone, eight young men died participating in high school football,” writes Michael Dobie in Newsday.“The total number of deaths for all other high school sports? Zero.”
It is concerning for parents because of all the risk that the sport involves and that it is the most deadly sport in high school. Especially if your child really wants to play and loves the game.
So what can be done? Should football somehow, tried to be made even safer? Perhaps more training for everybody participating in the sport?
One thing that needs to be done for every young child or teenager is that they need to know each exact risk on their lives that they will be making. They need to know the causes and effects of what the sport can do to their bodies. Educating them and their parents even more is a good way to start.
“Football is so embedded in our national fiber that resistance to changing it is strong,” Dobie wrote. “But debating whether it should be improved is not an option. It must be made safer.” American football is part of American culture that looks like it will remain forever. But is it worth losing such young lives?