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Brains and football

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Football' started by takethepoints, Jan 13, 2020 at 2:19 PM.

  1. takethepoints

    takethepoints Helluva Engineer

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    Here's a brief on recent research on the effects of football on brain development and brain disease:

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/should-parents-be-afraid-to-let-their-kids-play-football/

    Short article: so far the results are inconclusive, but alarming. And parents are reacting to that. Missing data = comparisons with brain damage in soccer. Problem = the more conclusive this gets - and the big epidemiological studies in train now will tell us more fairly soon - the more likely it will be that football will find itself with smaller and smaller numbers of kids playing. And, hence, college age players. And, hence, fans.
     
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  2. danny daniel

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    Progress toward the serious injury issue is to limit the size of the players. Injury levels go way down when the players are much more near the same size (weight), and are smaller. That hurts participation of very large players but opens the door for many times more smaller players (resulting in a faster and more exciting game). It also will better level the talent among teams.
     
  3. yeti92

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    What size do you limit them to? Is it a height restriction? Weight? What about strength, does that need to be limited too? What about speed?

    I could be wrong, but I don't hear too much about lineman getting concussions, but I've seen plenty of 6 ft 185 lb DB's get their clock cleaned.

    Better safety equipment is needed, not limiting the size or speed of players. Do you really want to watch undersized slower players when you know far bigger and better athletes exist? Because women's sports already exist
     
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    It’s easy. Ban the forward pass. Two platoons. And anyone over 160 lbs.

    Injuries = 0.
     
  5. yeti92

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    Yea that sounds boring as ****.
     
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  6. Vespidae

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    Kinda like sex with a condom. But hey! Injury free!
     
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  7. Towaliga

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    FIFY
     
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  8. GSOJacket

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    I love football, but if I were the parent of a child today, I would be encouraging my children to play sports other than football. I suspect I would be in good company.
     
  9. IE2016ZTR

    IE2016ZTR Georgia Tech Fan

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    @Vespidae I think you might want to research football a little more, you'll find the game used to be played at that size with a lot of deaths.
     
  10. Vespidae

    Vespidae Helluva Engineer

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    Sarcasm isn’t what it used to be ...
     
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  11. danny daniel

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    I would challenge the statement that smaller players are slower. The opposite is true with obvious exceptions. I certainly agree with the better equipment issue.

    I don;t think we are anywhere close to needing weight limits but the trajectory of football (injuries threatening the game) is not good. When the time comes for drastic measures to save the game IMO weight limits are one leg of a solution to cut down on injuries. Another consideration is the health of the player. A player 6' 4" will be more healthy long term being 260 lbs vs 350. Also there are vast numbers of talented (smaller) great athletes available to help even the playing field with recruiting. The extremely large and exceptionally talented players are few and wind up helping the factory programs maintain their total dominance in the game. Change is coming, maybe later than sooner, but I am suggesting one possible direction for the change.
     
  12. g0lftime

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    In Chapel Hill they didn’t field a high school football team in 2018 due to lack of players. The other high school didn’t field a team a few years ago. They are getting huge numbers for soccer which is played in the fall and pulls kids away from football. Most parents are putting their little kids into soccer at very early ages rather than pee wee football.
     
  13. GCdaJuiceMan

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    Must be different geographically. GHSA 100% played in the spring (while I was in school). Curious to know what the reasoning is for playing in the fall.
     
  14. g0lftime

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    Been that way since I moved here in 1974. Soccer was way bigger here than in atlanta back then. Lacrosse is the spring sport in North Carolina other than baseball. Girls soccer in the fall.
     
  15. GSOJacket

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    In NC high schools boys soccer is a fall sport, girls soccer a spring sport.
     
  16. g0lftime

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    Right about girls. My bad. Both my boys played HS and club soccer in NC.
     

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