How To Play Football

How young should kids be before they can play tackle football? MI1:Football is rough and tough game to play. SD1: Players get bounced around like pinballs .Their brains might get damaged or injured. Some scientist say that kids under 11 shouldn’t be able to play tackle football until they are 11 or older.

MI2:42 NFL players were split into 2 groups all the players were alike except for 21 of them started playing tackle football before they were 11 and the other 21 started playing after they were 11. SD1:The players who had started playing football later in life did better on all three tests. The players who started playing football before the age of 12 did worse. The scientists think that playing football harmed these players' brains.

Using Common Sense

MI3:Filley and Bernick said the study was good in some ways. “I1:But they said it had some problems. Studies like this one try to figure out what is going on by looking at a sample. SD1: There are too many people who played football as kids to test all of them. Instead, scientists test a few of them and look for patterns.

While the dangers of concussions and head injuries for NFL players has generated plenty of conversation and looked into in recent years, professional athletes are far from the only ones at risk. Dr. Robert Cantu, author of "Concussions and our Kids," joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss the risks facing young athletes and to attempt to answer the question, how young is too young to be playing football?

"The research says that the young brain, the developing brain, is particularly vulnerable to trauma compared with an adult brain," Dr. Robert Cantu, author of "Concussions and our Kids," told host Marc Lamont Hill. "There are multiple studies that show the younger brain trauma is taken, the greater chance for later-life problems with both behavioral, mood and cognitive difficulties."

Cantu clarified later that flag-football would be a better option, though that likely has little chance of happening in most parts of the country. Cantu said that children 13 and under, from a medical standpoint, probably shouldn't be allowed to play tackle football.

"This all has to be balanced, though, by the fact that we want youngsters playing sports. I certainly want youngsters playing sports. I just want them playing football using the flag variety under the age of 14. Then, when they're in high school, pick up the tackle techniques."          

                                                   My Opinion Piece

I feel that kids should be able to play football before they are 11 because it gives them something to look forward to. I’ve been playing tackle football for six years and no one ever that I’ve played or played with got a concussion or head injury. Also if kids are getting 2 concussions thats crazy because me and my friends and opponents have never had a concussion while playing each other.

Comment Stream

2 years ago