Obama Tells Imaginary Son "No Football"....Would You Do the Same?

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    Feb 03, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    President Obama said that if he had a son, considering the impact the game has on its players, he would think "long and hard" before allowing him to play football. I see a marked decline in the number of boys playing youth league football while the numbers rise every year in soccer, baseball and basketball. Would you encourage your son to play football? And what sport would you encourage him to play?
    Based on the information that has come out about concussions and the fact that a concussion is more likely to happen in football than most other sports I'd be cautious about letting Mike Jr. play football. I'd steer him to something that would become a lifelong sport I think like competitive swimming or track and field.
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    Feb 03, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    I wouldn't push my child to play a sport that he didn't enjoy practicing . It would be is own decision ....
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    Feb 03, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    Many get injured because they are not ready to start playing team sports. Schools just toss kids into games with minimal physical training. Before letting a kid of mine (if I had any) play team sports, I would require that they do daily physical training -- weight lifting, aerobics, etc. -- for at least a year before they even started in any team sports. I would also require they be on a strict diet designed to build muscle. And I would also have them get regular physical checks once they do start. I would prefer them not do physically injurious team sports, but if they wanted to, I'm going to make sure they have the tools they need.
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    Feb 03, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidMany get injured because they are not ready to start playing team sports. Schools just toss kids into games with minimal physical training. Before letting a kid of mine (if I had any) play team sports, I would require that they do daily physical training -- weight lifting, aerobics, etc. -- for at least a year before they even started in any team sports. I would also require they be on a strict diet designed to build muscle. And I would also have them get regular physical checks once they do start. I would prefer them not do physically injurious team sports, but if they wanted to, I'm going to make sure they have the tools they need.

    Well, there are numerous studies that cite the dangers of kids starting weight lifting at too young an age. But you're right...it's up to the adults to make sure the kids have everything they need to keep them safe when they are playing sports whether it's knowledge, conditioning or effective equipment. And it's also important that parents don't allow cheap shots and illegal tactics from other players that can cause injury. I've seen that happen and parents stayed quiet because they didn't want to be "that" parent. But better to look like the overprotective parent than be sitting in a hospital ER.