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Injuries in the NFL

Nov 09, 2012

If there is one sport where the athletes truly deserve the millions of dollars they are paid, it’s football. It’s by far the most dangerous and sometimes the results aren’t even worth the money. Injuries in the NFL are more serious that you might think... let's check it out!

NFL Monsters

Muscles Growing in the NFLNFL MonsterCourtesy of soccerwallz.blogspot.com
 

You have to be brave to play football, especially the NFL. This league is full of the strongest men in the world, hitting each other full speed, over and over again. As technology makes NFL athletes faster and stronger… is the technology of the helmet able to keep up to protect these players?

Linemen Losing Life

Lining up the troopsLinemen in the NFLCourtesy of NFL
 

A recent study from the University of North Carolina found out that the average life expectancy of an American Football player is only 55 years old. Of course most football players on the field are big linemen who hit each other every single play. The concussions they receive over and over pretty much leaves them brain damaged at the end of their careers. You can read more about this study by clicking HERE.

Careless Coaches

Robert Griffin 3rdRG3 concusses alreadyCourtesy of NFL
 

One of the biggest reasons why football is so dangerous is because it is so macho. Coaches train every player to play when they are hurt… to suffer when they are in pain… they glorify the game like it’s the most important thing in the world. When football players believe what they hear, they go out onto the football field ready for war.

 

Deadly Dimentia

Old QB with ProblemsJim McMahonCourtesy of NFL

Jim McMahon, ex-quarterback of the Chicago Bears, has won the Superbowl and became a football celebrity in the 1980s. He is now 53 years old and suffering from a disease called dementia because of all the concussions he received.  He now wishes he would have played baseball instead of football.

"Being injured, if you don't play, you don't get paid. If I was able to walk out on that field, I was gonna play. Had I known about that stuff early on in my career, I probably would have chosen a different career. I always wanted to be a baseball player anyway." – Jim McMahon 

Football For You?

At Kidzworld, we don’t mean to scare kids away from playing football. Like every sport, football can provide amazing qualities in life… leadership, fitness, teamwork, sport skills, friends, and lifelong passion. However, the goal of this story is to make football players aware that injuries are dangerous and it is important to stop, be careful and get a doctor’s opinion before it gets worse. 

Have Your Say

Do you know anyone who has been injured in a football game? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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