The Cost Of Football

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Politics, Religion by chamblee54 on August 27, 2014

Football is just around the corner. The teams are busy with the pre season, and soon weekends will be full of hitting and drinking. Perhaps this is a good time to wonder whether football is worth the human cost. Especially now, with a national debate raging about the future of our health care. Football injuries keep hospitals hopping during the autumn.

This is the annual post about the down side of football. There is a helping of hypocrisy here, as PG enjoys watching the hits. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Football season is here. While the games are fun to watch, the players are paying the price. Your health insurance premiums just might be affected.

Football is a contact sport. On every play, the linemen block other lineman to keep them from tackling a back. Someone gets hit on every play. Most of these hits are “clean” and cause only bruises. Some are “dirty”, and cause injuries. Even the clean hits can hurt someone.

It is estimated that 187,000 emergency room visits every year are due to football. What if an illegal drug sent 187k to the er annually? There would be a hue and cry to kill the pushers.

Knee injuries are especially prevalent. An estimated 45,000 knee operations are performed each year due to football injuries. Arthroscopy is a wonderful invention.

With all those helmets slamming into each other, head injuries occur.
“The researchers found that there is approximately one catastrophic head injury per every 150,000 athletes playing, or 7 catastrophic injuries yearly. There were 0.67 injuries per 100,000 players at the high school level and 0.21 injuries per 100,000 for college level football players.” Often, the coaches get caught up in the do or die spirit of a big game, and don’t get the player the medical attention that he needs. “Football is a very macho sport. Athletes are taught to play through pain,” …“But concussions range in severity and symptoms, so all a player may experience is a headache several hours after impact. High school players need to be educated in these symptoms and encouraged to self report.”
Even cheerleading squads are reporting more injuries, due to botched stunts.

When you see the players in their youthful glory, you don’t think what they will look like after they quit playing. Many players know this, but the lure of today’s glory justifies the pain of tomorrow. The heroes of yesterday often walk with pain today.

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  1. thewritingoflife said, on August 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    As a young man growing up in a football mad state (Nebraska), football was all I heard about from mid August until early January. It is more important than the farming that is the bulwark of my state’s economy. It was more revered than doing well in school even though the students in my state usually did quite well compared to national averages. It is loved more than religion. I guarantee that absolutely not one of the 90,000 plus fans that pack like sardines into the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium is faking it the way most people fake being religious. Playing football for my small high school was the only thing I did in my hometown that was respected by the town’s people and my classmates. And I hated every minute of it. I still do. I am one of the few who played that wouldn’t play if he had is high school years to do over. Not because I sustained any true permanent injury, but because I got caught up in the madness like everyone else. Some of my former teammates were not so lucky as some had concussions, destroyed knees, broken bones, etc.

  2. […] school, taking easy classes so they will be eligible to play. Many of these young men will suffer crippling injuries playing a contact sport. Meanwhile, these football programs are hugely profitable for the […]

  3. The Cost Of Football | Chamblee54 said, on August 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    […] of our health care. Football injuries keep hospitals hopping during the autumn. This is the annual post about the down side of football. There is a helping of hypocrisy here, as PG enjoys watching the […]

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