I very much doubt that the absence of football would have improved my life or the schools and communities I’ve been a part of. It’s a sport that needs our attention, not its extinction.
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The public is getting mixed messages about school-sponsored football. The problem of college and professional football is not the problem of school-sponsored football.
In state after state, the NFL paraded young people with sad stories in front of state legislators looking for good headlines.
It is clear now that the rules makers on all levels – from the pros to peewees – have concluded that “player safety trumps competitive advantage.”
During 2013, a Football Task Force has been working on revisions to practice policies that might simultaneously improve acclimatization of players and reduce head trauma
There was initial excitement that we might be onto something, but that brief infatuation began to wane as we dug deeper and discussed the plan more widely.
A national committee was convened last year to address seven-on-seven football. It recognized problems but could only wring its hands regarding solutions.
The NFL has administered a self-inflicted wound, shot itself in the foot, and made FOOTBALL the face of America’s youth sports concussion problem.
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