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Author Douglas W. Green made the case in Education Week Tuesday that “football is the new smoking.”
Green argues that society, all the way back to ancient Rome, loves violence. But he also makes the case that there may be an end in sight:
“Watching people you don’t know beat the crap out of each other might be fun for some, but how about when it’s your own flesh and blood? While violent movies and computer games are very popular, most of our population limits violence view to the virtual variety.”
But even when football is gone, there will be other sports, where the byproduct is concussions. He notes cheerleading as an example:
“Perhaps the biggest risk for girls is cheerleading. When I was in high school, the cheerleaders barely got off the floor, and no one I know remembers a cheerleader injury from my era. Today, some cheerleading teams don’t even cheer as they are focused to prepare for cheerleading competitions. If you haven’t seen one of these affairs, you should give it a try. They feature girls standing on each other, throwing each other about, manic tumbling, and all sorts of opportunities for serious injuries. I have yet to attend a competition that didn’t feature at least one girl, usually more, being taken out in a wheel chair or on a stretcher.”
I was a big kid growing up. So they didn’t let me play with the normal-sized 7th graders. Back then, we might call that unfair. Today, we call that prudent .
Take for example what is going on with the Baylor University football team.
Yahoo Sports recently wrote about Baylor’s decision to put a no-contact restriction for its players when it comes to tackling tight end LaQuan McGowan.
McGowan is no ordinary football player. He is 6-foot-7, 400-plus pounds, and possesses the nickname, “The Annihilator.”
The school ultimately put no-contact restrictions on McGowan so he wouldn’t injure his defensive teammates in the spring. But the risk of concussion and other injuries will be present for opponents when the season starts.
“Me and a linebacker (Grant Campbell) went head-to-head and it didn’t end well,” McGowan told the media about a spring encounter. “They’re going to take the chains off (for the first game). I’m going to come out with a full head of steam.”
Does the increasing use of no-huddle offenses in college football exacerbate the concussion problem?
University of Arkansas Head Football Coach Bret Bielema used the news story about San Francisco 49er Chris Borland’s retirement last week to suggest hurry-up, no-huddle offenses lead to an increased injury risk to players who couldn’t substitute off the field, leading to more plays.
Bielema said he read “a study that said players in the no-huddle, hurry-up offense play the equivalent of five more games than those that don’t. That’s an incredible number.
Others aren’t so sure of Bielema’s theory.
University of Arizona Head Athletic Trainer Randy Cohen believes some coaches may be pushing to slow down hurry-up offenses for a “competitive advantage.”
Cohen, who chairs the college committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, added: “Don’t say it’s a safety issue because right now we don’t have any data about this. None.”