Kids Playing Football Same as Letting them Smoke?!?!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-football-concussions-youth-kass-met-0906-20170905-column.html

Another columnist highlighting the crisis I have been writing about for about a year now.  Kass’ statement that “Putting your kids in football would be akin to giving them cigarettes” is sure to draw some criticism.  I feel like it is a little strong, but need to think about it more.

What do you think?

One thought on “Kids Playing Football Same as Letting them Smoke?!?!

  1. If we look at both from a ‘risk’ perspective, I think I can understand that comment. The longer you play football, the greater your chances of developing a brain condition. I have seen studies that talk about the dangers of repetitive non-concution impacts. Just sloshing the brain repetitively over time can produce similar results to multiple confusions. Smoking is similar in that, the longer you do it, the more chance you have of developing a negatuve condition as a result. A follow-on point may be… they changed the game of smoking and introduce vaping. Trying to make it safer. I think we need to think hard about changing the game of youth football to make it safer for the kids. Reduced field size, no 3 point stances, and less players on the field. Just my thoughts.

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