USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan wondered aloud in a column this week whether football would have made it as a sport if invented today? Her answer seemed to be, probably not because of the safety issue, especaily as it relates to concussions.
One of the most vexing issues to Brennan is the lack of athletic trainers.
“Only 37 percent of U.S. public high schools have full-time athletic trainers, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,” wrote Brennan.
“This means that thousands of high school football games go on every year without a certified athletic trainer anywhere nearby. So when a young athlete can’t get up after a hard hit or wobbles over to the sideline, clearly in trouble, a trained professional isn’t there to help him.
“We know why this is. Our public schools are slashing their budgets. Where’s the line item for the new athletic trainer? It doesn’t exist.
“But what kind of society allows a vast majority of its children at public schools to play such a rough and violent sport without any semblance of a safety net?”