Football - 99% Danger, 1% Glory
By Aidan Rodriguez
Football causes many brain injuries that cause many mental issues. A September report done by "PBS Frontline" showed that 76 of 79 deceased NFL players suffered from a degenerative brain disease called CTE (Why I'll Never Let My Sons Play Football)". CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is a disease caused by multiple impacts to the head. This disease causes symptoms such as "...lifelong pain, memory lapses, aggression, depression, personality changes and many other issues." (Should Kids Play Football?)". Why would someone play this game if it has been show that all these terrible symptoms can occur? If a child who plays football or had played football in the past few months is studied carefully, damage to the function of the brain can be seen (Omalu). Why would parents subject their children to all these negative effects? Obviously, football causes many brain injuries that cause many mental problems to manifest.
You may be thinking that this has a low chance of happening. You're wrong. Brain trauma is almost impossible to avoid in football. CNN reported that football players of all ages have a shocking 75% chance of suffering a concussion in their careers..." (Why I Don't Want My Son To Play Football). When you sign your child up for football, the odds are against you as you gamble their lives for short lived moments of glory. The author of "Should Kids Play Football?" has found that "No sport has more concussions than football."
Football can and will cause irreversible damage to your child's developing brain. Your child is at risk whenever they step onto the field. They have lives ahead of them that you could mess up by letting them play this. But it's not really your fault. People have only recently discovered the relation of mental illness and football. That is why a solution should be proposed. The equipment is not safe enough, so why not do research on what people could do to make it better? It could save many lives.