Yesterday’s post about playing basketball throughout your life got me thinking about football. You don’t see a lot of guys in their 40’s to 70’s playing tackle football. Or touch football for that matter.
But it’s not only the physical aspects of the game. It’s the toll of damage the game takes on your head. For guys that have played more than 5 years at the NFL they have a 4 times greater likelihood of having Alzheimer’s disease. My dad played two years of college ball at Michigan State. I wonder if it had any impact on his Alzheimer’s.
Did you know that there are over 60,000 cases of concussions at the high school level per year? That is an astronomical number. It makes me wonder how much longer American kids will be playing tackle football.
There’s a lot that coaches and parents can do to help prevent concussions. One of them is to make sure that their son is fit and athletic. Typically, it’s the losing teams and the weaker players who get hurt.
Tomorrow’s post will have some ideas on exercises that parents can do to help with their child’s fitness to protect them from head injuries.