I have written numerous times here that I believe tackle football is facing a crisis. Parents are asking themselves whether their son should play football given the risks that are highlighted by the reports about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the news. I found George Will's column in this weekend's paper. In the Dayton Daily … Continue reading George Will on The Fading Pleasure of Football
In this piece from the Orlando Sentinel, George Diaz quotes former Miami Dolphin great Larry Csonka as saying "Kids shouldn't play tackle football until junior high..." and cites lack of qualified coaches and proper equipment as reasons. The link includes a video of Nick Buoniconti's son (Buoniconti is another Dolphin legend) talking about the struggles … Continue reading Another NFL Great Recommends Kids Don’t Play Tackle Football Before Junior High School
Sports specialization in youth sports is a hot topic. I came across an article in USA Today's High School Sports section highlighting that 30 of the 32 first round picks in the last week's NFL draft played multiple sports in high school. While reading the article, there were links to two others on the subject. … Continue reading Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?
I have written (kind of extensively, really) about the issue of head injuries related to football and the impact on youth sports. The August 29 issue of Sports Illustrated ran an article by Austin Murphy called Endgame that theorizes about life without a National Football League (re-read that using your best Chris Berman NFL Sunday Countdown … Continue reading The End of the NFL?