Good morning Rumblers,
It's been a long time since I posted anything, but I have a few good discussion topics that I think you all will like. I'll be spreading them out over the next few days.
So as you all know by now, there have been some recent suicides by former NFL players, the most recent being Junior Seau. The cause of his suicide at this point is unknown, but the way he committed suicide can lead one to believe that it was because of trauma to his brain because of numerous of hits to the head and possible concussions.
Now as some of you may know, I'm all for the physicality aspect of football. I believe players assume the risk and therefore the NFL shouldn't be liable for injuries/conditions as long as the NFL took all precautions to limit them. But something happen to me, that made me think twice. I was listening to a local sports radio station, and the question was asked. "Knowing what you know about concussions (very little), would you allow or encourage your son to play football"?
I must admit, it hit close to home when I stopped and thought about that idea. I don't have any children, but I can assume that their safety will be by far my number one concern. The last thing I will won't will be for them to have is a crimpling injury or suffer from some sort of brain trauma due to them playing a sport. Listening to former players, say they rather their child not play football was really surprising to me.
But on the flip side....
These same players who wouldn't allow their own children to play, if they could do it over they themselves they will still play. Football has allowed them to provide the best opportunties for their children and opened up so many doors for themselves and their family.
I myself played football growing up, and if it wasn't for football I wouldn't have become the man I am today. It taught me so many things off the field, discipline, teamwork, perseverance, etc and it's something I will like for my son to experience. I can imagine that most parents who allow their children to participate in sports, want their children to learn or develop some of these qualities. However, no parent wants their child to be in harm's way while doing so.
But where do you draw the line as a parent? Where do protecting your child interfere with them experiencing life? Should you not let your child take up martial arts, skateboarding, soccer, and dance? Injuries can happen in any of these sports. What if your child dreams of being a police officer, fireman, or a soldier? Do you discourage your child from following their dreams because of the potential health risk?
These are some really serious questions to answer. It took me about 3 days to finally come up with an answer, and here is what I said:
"Yes, I will allow my child to play any sport he or she will like. But I will also, educate them on the possible ramifications of playing such a sport. I will also ensure that what they are doing, they are educated on the proper techniques and safety requirements".
So I'm curious to what you guys think? Especially, those with little rugrats running around :). As a parent, do you now stop and think twice?