Should children under the age of 14 be banned from playing organized tackle football?

Asked by: toefat
  • Tackle football causes many injuries

    Tackle football has a record of injuries including 389,000 musculoskeletal injuries and 295 million concussions in players ages five to 14.
    87 percent of the kids that play tackle football get concussions acantu one of the university of boston’s researchers says. And with 3 million kids playing football, that’s a lot of concussions. -boston university

  • It is too DANGEROUS!

    Children under the age of 14 are more likely to get concussions in tackle football. When they are so young, their heads are 95% grown. While their bodies are less than 50% grown. This means that they are like giant bobble heads running at each other. When they are knocked back their body cannot support their head so this allows their head to snap back, rattling the brain inside. Also, in a child so young, their nerve cells lack the complete coating that offers protection. Tackle football for children under 14 is too dangerous. Therefore it should be banned

  • The injuries can come back to haunt them

    My uncle played football in collage and he broke his toe and 3 rids, all in one season. He broke the same toe 8 times and he ended up having to amputate his toe because I couldn't heal. Kids are the same way their heads are bigger than their body's so there for if their head gets hit too hard it could cause sever injuries like concussions, memory lose or even broken bones. DONT LET YOUR KIDS PLAY FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kids Get Hurt

    My brother got a brain damaging concussion and was never the same. He lost some of his memories. I'm his sister and I had to remind HIM OF MY NAME!!! It is STUPID that they let kids under 14 play football! BAN FOOTBALL NOW! It is worth it I tell you!

  • We think it is to dangerous.

    We think it is to dangerous for kids under 14 to play tackle football because they can get very hurt. This can cause a concussion. An opportunity for minor football lovers is flag football. Flag football has less injuries. It is just to dangerous for minors to play tackle football.

  • Kids should be protected from unintelligent, irresponsible parents like some of the ones disagreeing that can't write a coherent sentence.

    Kids young kids have larger heads and smaller bodies, so if they fall it's much more likely their heads will snap backwards and hit the ground.
    I want to address the argument next to me with the heading "that would the the stupidest law." I will start with his first point: " If i kid wants to play tackle football, he can play tackle football, it toughens him up and prepares him fr even bigger hits!" I think this attitude supports my point that young kids should be protected by law from stubborn, unintelligent parents, like this one. He clearly hasn't done any research at all and just doesn't want anyone telling him what to do, like not allowing him to put his child's brain at risk because he is to stupid to read and understand the research on concussions. Getting hit at a younger age doesn't prepare your kid for bigger hits you idiot, it damages your kids body and brain. That stupid logic makes me feel so bad for your kid.
    His second point: " If you try to take away his right to play a popular sport, you might as well kill him!" Again, this parent is unable to comprehend what is proposed here. The restriction would allow children to play football, but the contact would be removed from the game. Like in hockey, you can't body check until a certain age.
    His last argument: " It would be terrible to make him not be able to play football..." This poorly worded sentence helps to show the ignorance some parents have relating to health issues with their kids. Kids can have their brains permanently damaged by contact sport at a young age. Kids brains are still developing and are very sensitive at a young age. Honestly, it doesn't matter what I say because the kind of people that oppose a logical rule like this can't be reasoned with using facts and logic.

  • Head injuries are too frequent and risk permanent damage to growing children.

    Facts bear this out and schools should not put children at risk. Look at the amazing number of injuries received in this game and particularly look at the impact on retired players and their state of physical and mental health. This sport should be reserved for adults old enough to make their own decisions.

  • Its a fun sport

    They can have alot of fun. We think its worth the risk. Its a american tradition. Its a resembelence of our country. It builds disaplin, focus, and team working. Its one of americas most popular sports. Bad injuries can happen in any sport not just football. And its our choice if we want to play the most amazing sport in the world or not

  • Kids under the age of 14 and under should be able to play any type of football.

    I thing that Kids under the age of 14 should be able to play tackle football, because if a kid wants to play foot ball then he can and it will be his or his parents fault for letting play football and getting hurt, if he dose. I Have Been playing tackle football for 4 years now and i have never got hurt.

  • Concussions and Injuries

    Kids get hurt and they get a concussion. It is ok because they heal properly. But wait, this happens again and it is worse. You have memory loss. This is just one instance. There are many more but it is very bad. They Can also get mental illnesses that can cause suicide. Based on this do you want your kid to play football?

  • This is ridiculous

    We already have most of the equipment and research to make football safer plus there are more dangerous sports out there such as hockey and rugby even soccer. What we should be paying attention to is improving it instead of taking it away. All the kids know is that they are having fun and taking this away would be a punishment to them. How do we explain this to them? "Son last year you were of age to play but this year you aren't because of a new law"

  • If we ban football for minor it will go underground

    In tackle football, there are medics, referees, coaches, and safety gear to supervise playing of the children. In a study, 80% of kids(children 14 and under) would continue to play football if leagues were taken away. 8 out of 10 kids say that they like the sport because of tackling. This means that the kids will play unorganized. And yes, there are SO MANY concussions that happen in tackle football, we COMPLETELY agree with ALL of what they have said about the number of injuries and concussions. However, the prop fails to realize how many injuries, and how many concussions could be prevented with ORGANIZED tackle football. Think about it. Since 80% of the kids like the tackling part of football they will tackle even more when there r no medics and coaches because the coaches aren't there to stop them from continuing to tackle! The Boston university estimates that the number of football concussions will increase by 63%. Clearly, organized tackle football gives kids a chance who love playing tackle football, a safe way to play. So even if kids will still get injuries it would not be as bad with safety gear and medics helping them as they go.

  • We shouldnt ban football

    This is a good sport and its also not the only sport that allows concussions to happen.Soccer, rugby, hockey ect. These are all sports that have an equal amount of chance of getting concussions so if we ban football we have to ban plenty of other sports also.This is why i dont agree ith banning football for children under the age of 14

  • That would the the stupidest law

    If i kid wants to play tackle football, he can play tackle football, it toughens him up and prepares him fr even bigger hits! If you try to take away his right to play a popular sport, you might as well kill him! It would be terrible to make him not be able to play football...

  • It is completely dumb.

    Should we ban something because injuries COULD happen? The answer is NO. Gymnastics has a very high potential for injury, but it is perfectly legal. If we banned things because of a potential for injury, we wouldn't have beds, stairs, curbs, cars, planes, ships, or electricity. We should not ban football for minors. When they play, THEY ARE ACCEPTING THE RISK.

  • No way kids should be able to play

    It helps kids take the right path and it gets them stronger. Why shouldn't kids be able kids to play. They should have there own choice. Kids should play what they want to play. Kids may not be able to hit the kids back but it teaches them respect and loyalty. There wealth is there own worry

  • If you want to start doing things like this

    It's going to be a VERY slippery slope. I admire your intent: protect the kids, who don't have the information or the wherewithal to conceptualize the horrible ramifications of their choices. Doing so, however, takes a big step toward eating rights and freedoms for lunch and putting everyone on house arrest for their own protection. Kids aren't defenseless. They have parents to make informed decisions, and if we want kids to make their own awesome decisions, maybe we sit them down and teach them (and their parents) about all the dangers before we let them make a joint decision. Then accountability is established and what follows is perfectly OK.

  • Danger is everywhere

    There is danger in every sport. Such as baseball (Practically a rock flying at your face), soccer, lacrosse,or even cheer (Throwing girls into the air). So why should we stop kids from doing something they love? Its good exercise, gives them a chance to socialize, and allows them to get rid of anxiety.

  • Are we really banning things because of possible injuries?

    We know the risks. There are risks to EVERYTHING! Minors will still play just won't have safety gear. Are we banning rusty spoons and sponges? Really people. Why wouldn't we ban ALL sports if we are banning foot ball? Basket ball soccer rugby track... And I could go on. Everything has risks

  • A sport that is loved

    My brother is 8 and loves football as do his friends. He has not recived any ingury even close to a scratch. I will not agree to ban this sport from these young and passionate minds because i know that any other sport is also dangerous not just football, any other sports is just as increased in amount of inguries as football. If we ban football its like banning almost every other sport created. These young lerners in the new generations to come need to be able to do what they love and to be able to try new thing nomatter what the risks are. As a sibling I support my brother, and If I were his parent I would support him in his wish and possitive passion. These kids love this sport, just as other kids love other sports, we can not take this passion away from them. I most certanly would not, so why would anyone else? If you played football at a young age under the age of 14 to be exact, would you want to ban football from other young kids now that you are older, knowing how much you could have loved it when you were playing as a kid? How much did you want to do football when you were younger? Well if you wanted to imagine if at thet age when you were younger that your parent told you that you couldnt because football is banned for your age. Would you have liked that idea? What do you think some other kid under the age of 14 would feel like if that was told to them? So why cant we eccept the wishes and passion of these amazing new developing minds? Why do you want to ban this loved sport from young minds? Even when there are risks, these risks are just lessons in life!

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