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Banning Football

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Started: 2/25/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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snoman123

Con

I do not think football should be banned, it is a sport and anyone who plays football or does any type of physical activity knows that you can get injured.
atthefinishingline

Pro

Banning foot all may not be beneficial to the sport fanatic, but would be beneficial to the players, although it may not be realized at the moment. Football is such a physically demanding sport, and who knows what type of damage the player is being subjected to through the constant tackles one incurs,therefore banning football is prevalent to the players. Otherwise perhaps conducting surveys could further support my position with statistical data. To further corroborate the injuries these surveys should be done utilizing current football players as well as those that are retired. It would be interesting to see how this investigation develops. The main focal point should not consist of the monetary value but the long-term health of players.
Debate Round No. 1
snoman123

Con

The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research found 243 football deaths recorded between July 1990 and June 2010. So that means about twelve people die each year from playing football. Football is a demanding sport but so is bicycling and swimming, most people like me do these activities more than playing football and if we look at the numbers one could say that it is more dangerous than football. According to the CDC about ten people die each day from unintentional drowning"s (cdc.gov). The NHTS there were 726 bicycle deaths in 2012 (nhtsa.gov). No one wants to ban swimming or biking because it"s too dangerous. Football provides more than just a game for the spectator it brings together people from different backgrounds, provides lessons in team effort, discipline and a sense of camaraderie that can last a lifetime. Injuries are a part of sports and death may result from playing sports. The decision to play any sport or participate in any physical activity is the individual"s choice.
atthefinishingline

Pro

P1: Parkinson's disease has been linked to the immediate effect from receiving trauma to the brain.
P2: for example; boxer Muhammed Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age if 42, while studies conclude most persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are over the age of 60.
P3. Furthermore, engaging in football entails receiving blunt trauma to the brain, and the damage that occurs is irreversible.
P4: Studies should involve both present and former boxers to further corroborate the long-term damage that boxers receive while engaging in this sport.
. Although playing any physical sport is an individuals choice, one could reconsider the monetary gains and notoriety involved as opposed to safety. George Gigney (Boxing News)
Debate Round No. 2
snoman123

Con

Despite intense research efforts around the world, the molecular causes of Parkinson"s disease are still unclear, it is now widely accepted that there is no single "cause" that triggers the disease. Instead, Parkinson"s disease likely results from a confluence of inherited and environmental factors that interact in complex ways to set disease processes in motion. (parkinsoninfo.org) Ali never regretted ever getting in the ring but said "If I wasn't a boxer, I wouldn't be famous. If I wasn't famous, I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing now." Not everyone who plays football will gets injured or have permanent brain damage, everything in life has an inherent risks and rules are improving conditions. Athletes have the freedom to choose.
atthefinishingline

Pro

P1. On the contrary, studies have shown that repeated blunt trauma to the brain cased chronic traumatic encephalopathy a degenerative disease, found in more than 20 deceased football players. P2. First, you have the suicide death of former NFL player Dave Duerson who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. P3. Second, after his death he left a hand written not requesting that his brain be give to the NFL brain bank. P4. An analysis by a neurologist confirmed that Duersin did suffer from C.T.E. P5. Perhaps this is the reason why he did not shoot himself in the brain in order to preserve it. C. Therefore, these inquiries solidified the reform in the N.F.L.'s training camps with a new rule " No tackling It's just practice".
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