Football is too ROUGH…Football is too DANGEROUS…Football is too EXPENSIVE…We need to see some CHANGES…What is the ANSWER?????
What really is the wave of the FUTURE???..Rough and expensive, those are usually reasons for CHANGE, but what is the ANSWER?
Will 7 on 7 football evolve into the game of the future for high school football players and coaches?
With all of the concussions and the increase of injuries, many fans and experts of the game say it is time for change and that over the next 20-25 years we may see a move toward full-time 7 on 7 high school football with limited contact, if really any contact at all….
Will fans/people still pay to see this brand of football?
Back in the biblical days when they took the human element out of the Lion’s Den Chases, the crowds dropped off considerably….No more chance for the Lion to devour the human conquest and as soon as the challenge was taken out of the “game”, nobody wanted to see the Lion parade around the coliseum and roar, with no real final/end in sight….
For high school football, coaches that know tell me that the 7 on 7 might be the only real way to keep this game afloat….
Concussions caused by helmet problems have been the main focus of the head injuries, but broken bones and torn muscles have increased as well, as the young men playing the games get much stronger, faster and overall bigger, over the course of time….
The advent of the 7 on 7 game as the main source of high school football play would just about take the linemen out of the game one would assume….
But, as the doctors and yes, the lawyers too are telling us repeatedly, the game is too rough and something needs to be done about it….
Can we lessen the blows by telling the players not to hit so hard?
What can be done to improve the helmets and some schools are in a never-ending battle just to get new helmets each year, or have their current helmets updated or re-conditioned…..
The current story on the helmets from Wikipedia:
In 2002 Riddell released a new more spherical design for the helmet called the Revolution (or Revo) and it is currently the most widely used helmet in the National Football League The Schutt counterpart is called the DNA Pro Adult Helmet. A study released by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center shows that the Riddell Revolution, and others like it, reduce the incidences of concussion by 31%. Subsequently a Senate Commerce Committee meeting on October 19, 2011 heard testimony from Jeffrey Kutcher, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan and chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s sports neurology section that “there is no significant data” in the UPMC study for Riddell to make the claim that the helmet reduced concussions by 31%. On or about May 2013, Mary K. Engle, the FTC’s associate director for advertising practices wrote that the agency had concluded the UPMC study “did not prove that Revolution varsity football helmets reduce concussions or the risk of concussions by 31%”. Riddell has since discontinued use of the 31% claim. Later, Riddell released the Revolution Speed helmet.
Football is a very physical sport and for many years just like the reference to the biblical example of the Lion’s Den, the physical nature of football has been what has drawn people/fans/followers to this game…..
Are they putting too much emphasis on the physical nature of football? Do they need to cut back on practices, or would the players be better prepared if they increased the amount of practices??
Is the main problem with the helmets or should the experts look elsewhere….
Scientific research is in place to help reduce the number of injuries associated with the game of football and there is similar research underway to determine if the game of football should be scaled back and if one day the game should be played without pads and just with secure helmets, “T” shirts, shorts and shoes and most shoes would be flats, as the games would transition over the next 25-30 years to “Turf Field” only surfaces….
Do we see 7 on 7 football ONLY in our future, or do you see the guys continuing to hit “till the cows come home”???
7 on 7 seems safer, but is it as much fun to play and to watch as our current tackle football, with hit first and ask questions later approach/mentality???
The “BIG” man in football may become a dinosaur if we go the 7 on 7 route full-time in the future….And we are talking a future of somewhere, say 20-25, maybe 30 years down the road…The “BIG” men should have time to get small by then…..
In our time here together today we have concluded that football is:
We have also concluded that there do need to be some CHANGES….
But, what are the ANSWERS?????
Is a new high school football life of 7 on 7 and maybe even a new direction for the colleges and the pros of 7 on 7 football, is that the ANSWER?…..
Do we need to begin now and start to cut back on the practices and reduce the physicality, or do we need to increase the number of practices so the players of today will be better prepared when they hit the practice field and then in turn, when they hit and get hit by their opponents???
What is the future for high school football?
If they cut back on the amount of hitting in high school, then how will the kids be ready when they go on to attempt to play college football???
If you look back again to the biblical days when they had the Lions and then on ahead to the Detroit Lions, there must be something to be said for the deadly nature of this game and part of it is a “test of survival”…..
We have just begun to scratch the surface on this topic and we don’t have all of the answers, we just have a nice shovel to allow the digging to get started….(Like the old coach once said, “I didn’t come here to change the world, I just came here to make sure everybody changed their socks”.)
CHANGE, but how much and how SOON???
*****And to keep this all in proper perspective, do we really need to change?*****