Originally Posted by newtogolf
I have no doubt that some parents will discourage their kids from playing football, especially with all the news coverage and lawsuits highlighting the risks. That said, there's a big difference between youth football, H.S. football, D2-3 football, D1 football and NFL football. I played football from when I was 10-19 (youth - div 2 college) and I've coached youth football. During all the years I played football I had one concussion that was completely unrelated to football (I fell down a flight of stairs in my home).
The kids in youth football can barely move in all the equipment so the chances of a kid getting a concussion from impact is just about nil. H.S. football in most areas is also pretty safe, the number of violent collisions has increased over the years but not near what you see in div 1 college or pro levels. The reality is 90% of kids that play youth or H.S. football aren't good enough to play college football no less in the NFL and are at minimal risk of injury.
The NFL has addressed the concussion issue and I don't see it slowing down the sport. Football is a major part of the culture in many rural areas and most will ignore the risk of injury for a shot to play for their favorite college or NFL team.
Alot of people are starting to disagree with your Pee Wee Football is safe theory. This is from another doc I saw called United State of Football.
One of the most troubling issues raised by the documentary, though—some might say the most troubling issue—is the potential danger to boys playing youth or “pee-wee” football, which includes boys anywhere from the age of 5 to 14. There are numerous youth leagues, the most popular among them being Pop Warner, which boasted more than 250,000 participants in 2010.
Dr. Ann McKee, chief neuropathologist at Boston University who testified before a House Judiciary committee on football brain injuries in 2009, explains in the film that “because a young athlete’s brain is still developing, the effects of a concussion, or even many smaller hits over a season, can be far more detrimental, compared to the head injury in an older player.” (Often accused of trying to kill football, Dr. McKee is a devoted Packers fan. “I’m a cheesehead!” she proclaims proudly.)
One of the film’s most jarring moments comes when Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter declares, “Our best coaches are coaching our best players, and that’s in professional football. Our worst coaches are coaching the most critical position, and that is the 9-, 10-, 11-year-old people.”
When I talked to Pamphilon last week, he explained, “At this level, you have no idea what a coach’s qualifications are as an instructor or his maturity as a man.”
Many organizations, including Pop Warner, simply require coaches to complete an online course every three years.