Football players choose to take those risks. Most go through withdrawals it
long term damage. Some people get aneurysms and die from that. Any accident is
tragic. Boxing is not as popular. Some people tell of how soccer is safer.
Rodeo is dangerous for a few seconds getting bucked off the bull or wild horse
as well. I could never do it. But people choose to take those risks. As for
not drinking water for some time malt coaches realIe that is not smart and you
need to stay hydrated when you are thirsty.
Football is now the king sport in Utah. More kids playing it now, and teams
like Bingham and East are beating national powerhouses. It is God, the flag and
football in the deep south. One thing football allows that other sports
don't is widespread participation. In an average high school football game
more than 30 players (and often as many as 40) will get in the game vs. maybe
8-10 in a basketball game , 0-12 in baseball and slightly more in soccer.
Parents like to see their kids play and not sit the bench. It is also popular
in the Polynesian culture which is growing in Utah and in mainland USA.
Further, while baseball is a dying sport among African-Americans, football
remains popular and about 75% of the NFL is African-American. It is here to
stay and I suppose technology, improved coaching techniques and medical
improvements will help with CTE.
Pro football is an atrocity. It should be banned. 99 of 100 players
are ruined for life. This is not a game. This is gladiatorial brutality.
It's got to stop.
Football is a violent sport. You can't totally take out injuries. The
rules have evolved a lot over the years to protect players. And they still
continue to evolve. Most concussions come from heads hitting the ground. Not
all, but most. The most concussions, per capita, are with
women's soccer. The rules are trying to make the sport safer. There is
new helmet technology being used this year in the NFL that will help also. Also due to rule changes, coaches need to adapt and change their
coaching techniques as far as what they teach their players to do. That is the
biggest hindrance to safety for players. Especially in the Ute Conference. The
education process is on going but, coaches still want to teach techniques that
are now illegal because that is how they were taught to play.BTW,
Rothlesburger should have retired five years ago. He's not been effective
for at least that long.
They should just start wearing those inflatable bumper balls for uniforms. That
would make it a lot safer.