Texas Eliminated Tackle-Football for 7th Graders

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    May 13, 2014 12:29 AM GMT
    NYT: In many ways, this East Texas town stands as a vibrant example of the state’s storied relationship with football.

    Not long ago, caravans of cars drove to Houston and Dallas to watch the Marshall Mavericks battle for the high school state football championship, and signs hanging from bridges along the interstate read, “Playoff bound.” The local sporting-goods shops would sell out of red-and-white merchandise — anything in the school’s colors — on game days.

    But now Marshall represents something quite different — a shift in perceptions about football that would have been hard to imagine when the school made a cameo in the book “Friday Night Lights” nearly 25 years ago.

    Amid widespread and growing concerns about the physical dangers of the sport, the school board here approved plans in February to shut down the district’s entry-level, tackle-football program for seventh graders in favor of flag football. There was little objection.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/sports/footballs-risks-sink-in-even-in-heart-of-texas.html?ref=sports
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    May 19, 2014 5:48 PM GMT
    LMAO @ "amid growing concerns."
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    May 19, 2014 11:40 PM GMT
    Lets face harsh reality, tackle football is a rough, dangerous sport. Look how many otherwise healthy, strong guys now are living physical wrecks thanks to the harsh punishment they put themselves through just to prove they are macho and popular. Last year in Westfield, NY near Buffalo, a perfectly healthy, physically strong 16 year old guy died after sustaining serious head injuries playing for his high school football team. Talk about cutting a life very short. This kids life was ahead of him yet the sport he pursued in high school wrongly took his life because of the rough, harsh punishment on the football field. Totally inexcusable and very sad.
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    May 20, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidLMAO @ "amid growing concerns."



    Amid growing concerns .....that it cuts into video game, drug usage, suicide and mass murder time.
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    May 20, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidLets face harsh reality, tackle football is a rough, dangerous sport. Look how many otherwise healthy, strong guys now are living physical wrecks thanks to the harsh punishment they put themselves through just to prove they are macho and popular. Last year in Westfield, NY near Buffalo, a perfectly healthy, physically strong 16 year old guy died after sustaining serious head injuries playing for his high school football team. Talk about cutting a life very short. This kids life was ahead of him yet the sport he pursued in high school wrongly took his life because of the rough, harsh punishment on the football field. Totally inexcusable and very sad.



    The "hard " reality is that male physical bodies are built to hunt and kill and , sports is the synthetic version of that. Take that way and you have really fucked up stuff like suicide, drug use, and general hell raising that kill way more teenagers than sports. Teen suicides account for around 38,000 deaths per year. "Civilization " and it's "concerns " kill big time.
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    May 20, 2014 7:30 AM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidLets face harsh reality, tackle football is a rough, dangerous sport. Look how many otherwise healthy, strong guys now are living physical wrecks thanks to the harsh punishment they put themselves through just to prove they are macho and popular. Last year in Westfield, NY near Buffalo, a perfectly healthy, physically strong 16 year old guy died after sustaining serious head injuries playing for his high school football team. Talk about cutting a life very short. This kids life was ahead of him yet the sport he pursued in high school wrongly took his life because of the rough, harsh punishment on the football field. Totally inexcusable and very sad.



    The "hard " reality is that male physical bodies are built to hunt and kill and , sports is the synthetic version of that. Take that way and you have really fucked up stuff like suicide, drug use, and general hell raising that kill way more teenagers than sports. Teen suicides account for around 38,000 deaths per year. "Civilization " and it's "concerns " kill big time.


    Football has some of the highest incidences of brain injuries in the sports world. A concussion is a BIG FUCKING DEAL. A concussion may result in permanent damage to the brain. And by the way, these are small kids we're talking about here. Grade 7 kids are usually extremely small, with low body mass and often fall incorrectly (ie: hit the ground in a bad way).

    Adults can choose to engage in risks if they want to, because at that point we expect them to be able to do research and make an informed decision. Children are often pressured into it by parents, coaches, and local culture. Flag football is fine for them. I played rugby and it was a bad idea. I loved the sport, but ever since I played in high school, I get recurring headaches for no reason every once in awhile. I can't be the only one.

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    May 20, 2014 12:52 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    roadbikeRob saidLets face harsh reality, tackle football is a rough, dangerous sport. Look how many otherwise healthy, strong guys now are living physical wrecks thanks to the harsh punishment they put themselves through just to prove they are macho and popular. Last year in Westfield, NY near Buffalo, a perfectly healthy, physically strong 16 year old guy died after sustaining serious head injuries playing for his high school football team. Talk about cutting a life very short. This kids life was ahead of him yet the sport he pursued in high school wrongly took his life because of the rough, harsh punishment on the football field. Totally inexcusable and very sad.



    The "hard " reality is that male physical bodies are built to hunt and kill and , sports is the synthetic version of that. Take that way and you have really fucked up stuff like suicide, drug use, and general hell raising that kill way more teenagers than sports. Teen suicides account for around 38,000 deaths per year. "Civilization " and it's "concerns " kill big time.


    I'm gonna have to reject this notion that, because I didn't play football in middle/high school, I have this impending doom by suicide or drug abuse. It's possible to mature in a mentally and socially healthy way without having to physically wreck yourself, you know.
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    May 20, 2014 2:14 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    roadbikeRob saidLets face harsh reality, tackle football is a rough, dangerous sport. Look how many otherwise healthy, strong guys now are living physical wrecks thanks to the harsh punishment they put themselves through just to prove they are macho and popular. Last year in Westfield, NY near Buffalo, a perfectly healthy, physically strong 16 year old guy died after sustaining serious head injuries playing for his high school football team. Talk about cutting a life very short. This kids life was ahead of him yet the sport he pursued in high school wrongly took his life because of the rough, harsh punishment on the football field. Totally inexcusable and very sad.



    The "hard " reality is that male physical bodies are built to hunt and kill and , sports is the synthetic version of that. Take that way and you have really fucked up stuff like suicide, drug use, and general hell raising that kill way more teenagers than sports. Teen suicides account for around 38,000 deaths per year. "Civilization " and it's "concerns " kill big time.


    True. I wish people would shut up and mind their own business.
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    May 20, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    wow.. just, wow.

    Not too sure how I feel about this one