Much as i love pro sports the concussion issue is real, it's serious, and the media is actually doing their job right by reporting on it the way they are. Anyone who heard Lyndon Byers call Holley and Fauria last week either came away from it with chills running down their spine or wasn't listening. It was disturbing, heartbreaking, and a direct result of all the hits he took as player, suggesting it was anything other than his hockey career which led to this is folly, it's obvious why he and and so many other pro athletes are suffering these symptoms in their 30's and 40's and it isn't dementia onset by old age. I don't know what the answers are but ignoring it won'tever solve it.[/QalUOTE]
Ivan there are certainly real risks that pro athletes take to do their jobs and concussions are among them. But they are adults making adult decisions. They know the risks going in, and they are extremely well paid for taking those risks
My point was focused on kids playing football at the pop warner and HS levels, where the risks don't even get close to those levels. I want to see the game thrive there. I think it there it offers a great benefit for our youth, one that our entire community benefits from. I hate seeing it under attack and I don't think it should be.
Are there guys who played professional contact sports and have permanently damaged themselves because of it. Sure there are. do what you can to improve the environment, but don't kill the opportunity for thousands of kids to have a great athletic experience by equating the risk of the pro game with the risk at the HS one
I hope this articulates my point better