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Time To Ban The Header

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

  2. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    Oh my God. See what you've started Goodell?
    You know, this is a path these athletes choose and why they get paid a lot of money as professionals. They know when they start playing that concussions are a risk they might have to face - just as cops know they risk getting shot on the job or firefighters facing the risk of burning to death. Yet they still took those jobs.
    It's time for sports leagues to recognize that their athletes are highly rewarded, monetarily, for the risks they face and stop trying to legislate injuries out of their games because that is an impossible endeavor.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    But what about the children? Does a league have an obligation to set a good example?
    Is it a good long term business decision since those kids are their labor pool down the road?
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Do 12-year-olds know the risks?
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Deflate the balls a tad. Most competitive youth games I've seen, the ball is a frigging rock.
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Banning them until high school, same with tackle football, would solve the problem. In this case it would make better soccer players too. A lot of coaches, once they see the magic of the header they kind of forget footwork.
  7. partain

    partain Member

    I was surprised to see the coaches had our 12-year-old exhange student and his teammates practicing headers just last night. It's a recreational city league, not some traveling club team where everyone thinks they'll get a D-I scholarship offer in the coming years. Of course, I've only coached my son's 5- and 6-year-old team, so I don't really know at what age they normally introduce heading.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Seems irresponsible for any coach to introduce headers in this day and age.
  9. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Soccer players should be banned from leading with the feet, too.

    Shins could get bruised. Everywhere!
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    If you told most 6-year-olds playing sports would bruise their brains and give them headaches and make them forget things like Grandpa, they would lose interest.
  11. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    I guess this is an instance where you really can blame soccer.
  12. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Wussification of Amurrica! How dare you mess with our games! In my day, we didn't allow ourselves to get concussions!

    And every other ridiculous comment made in response to attempts to protect athletes from brain injuries.

    Now that we've got that out of the way, can we have a serious discussion?
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