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RE: Future of Football?
There is a definite link between depression, suicide, early onset Alzheimer's,etc. and anabolic steroid use. That was not controlled for in the adult athlete concussion research. McClean Hospital did the research. I can understand why this is not really being brought out.
09-25-2017 04:57 PM
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(09-25-2017 08:59 AM)okgc Wrote:  The movie "Concussion" raised awareness of the hazards of American style Football. Last I read 112 autopsies of former players show 111 had CTE.
Now a study is released based on very young players.


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As always

Follow the money.

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09-25-2017 05:16 PM
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(09-25-2017 11:27 AM)MajorHoople Wrote:  Soccer is not "way up in HS."

According to MHSAA Boys Soccer participation rose only 0.38% between 2015-16 and 2016-17 (Football declined 4.6% but is still by far the sport with highest participation both in Michigan and nationally).

There are more variables than just the CTE-concussion scare to explain the decline in Football numbers. They may be intertwined.

First there is specialization. Many kids are choosing to play only one sport usually in hope of getting a scholarship. There is now a fall Baseball league for HS kids in Kalamazoo area, for example.

Secondly are the demands being placed on kids by the HS Football coaches themselves. Too many are pressuring kids to lift weights, do "Speed Training," 7-on-7s, camps, etc. year-round, and more kids are not willing to do so.

And some kids who start playing Football in youth leagues have bad experiences or get "burned out" and stop playing Football sometime before they hit HS Varsity.
Yup... nailed it. Everything you wrote plus throw in fall rugby and fall lacrosse in with the fall baseball and the pool of kids goes down fast. There usually isn't much football/soccer cross over unless it is at a smaller school.
09-25-2017 06:47 PM
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Was just talking to a PA at work asking if she would let her son play tackle football in middle school. I brought up the possibility of testing for CTE not post mortem and how that could affect participation and the survival of collision sports. Then I see this today. A long term study of live athletes could be devastating if proven that even a few concussions could lead to permanent brain damage. http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/26/health/res...index.html
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09-26-2017 06:06 PM
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