With all the issues in sports....

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
With all the issues in sports....
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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 12:25am

...will you let your kids play contact sports? Concussions are a real danger and many are keeping their kids out of football, and I am sure hockey and lacross. My son plays all those sports but his concussions occurred just ice skating, warming up, helmet on. He just lost his balance and fell backwards and was out for a few minutes. The other time ese wiping out on a ski hill. I never minded when he was younger but he is playing with the big boys now in high school. I will admit, I get nervous. Both my kids played hockey, dd was the only girl on the team. But they were /are in a no check league, one it's a house league and we travel enough with other sports. Second, I come from s hockey playing family and I know too many injuries shoulders and knees from checking even in young players. The other issue in sports has been doping. Does that concern you? My guy is still small but if he starts looking too beefy, I might get suspicious.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 7:17am

No disrespect to the athletes who have taken part in these studies and how they have suffered but you are talking about men who have played at high levels for extented periods of time so their issues are going to be MUCH worse then a kid who plays in youth leagues and through high school and even some college. Yes concussions and kids is also an issue and its something that if continues to go unaddressed is a HUGE problem but its apples and oranges in some ways. Saying I won't let my kid play football because of what happened with a fomer NFL player is like preventing a kid from every going in the sun to avoid UVA rays. We need to take what we learn from these studies to make sports safer. Not every kid who ever picks up a ball is going to be a proffessional and while some parents may think so think that is the bigger danger.

We have NO ILLUSIONS our kid is going to make a career out of sports; he may think otherwise but we are grounded in reality. I want him to play sports because there are other benefits. I also want him to learn to loss but some of these parents and couches take it WAY TO SERIOUSLY and my oldest is only 9. We didn't continue with hockey past in house partially for this reason. Too many parents ridiculing kids who aren't on the same level as their kid (eye roll) We have seen it in baseball too, but we keep playing because for every bad coach or parent there is someone higher up putting them in their place. As much as we have had some bad sportsmanship behavior in baseball last year, those in charge work very hard to nip it.

when we were doing hockey I had to defend the decision to DS doctor. He was born with a cleft lip so it was his surgeon and I get his point, hockey has a BAD rep for players with no teeth or permenatly deformed noses from so many breaks, BUT I also think as far as youth hockey goes its a GREAT example of a sport making it safer for young players. Hockey is the ONLY sport with a full face mask all the way through college. Look at NHL playes those with missing teeth, how many are American players???? Look at rookies coming out of colleges. Now on the flip side he has a better chance of taking a line drive to the face in baseball since they are only required to wear a helmet if they are at bat and running bases. Now our league does require a cage but those kids playing the field hae NO protection, but its a one in a million chance.

think we have to take from these studies see where we can make it safer but keeping kids from sports is not the answer. Sports have positive effects too. Think we need as parents to step and realize they are kids and while you may think Johnny is the best at everything chances are still slim this will become a career. I am more worried about kids who play things year because of risk of over use injuries.

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Mon, 02-04-2013 - 9:41pm

I have seen a few kids carted off the field, out cold. Not at 7 or 8 but at ages 12 and up. Now that I see my 120 lb boy line up against a kid who is over 200 lbs, yes I worry. Any reasonable person would. I am glad that they are safer that they don't allow helmet to helmet. But, that being said, I feel the benefits out weigh the risks. But four years of this might land up doing some harm, we truely don't know. It is a risk we are willing to take. But, I think people do have to think twice before entering their kids in contact sports. They have to look at the coaching staff and how they treat and train.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 9:47pm

I have to add that ds is a freshmen in high school. Dd is now in college. So, we have been involved in youth sports a long time already.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 3:25pm

here you can do a baseline for you kid through children's hospital. Now as someone who's kid is a recurring patient there EVERYTHING is basically a learning/study experience so I assume in a few years time there will be evidence as to the damage kids sports do and those results I will take more out of. I have heard people say they won't let their kids play certain sports and these are people who either played them some at proffessional or college levels or who work in fields that relate as well the helicopter going to build a bubble around my kid but I still think they are both extremist views right now. Until I see evidence that the average kid has these same risks for permanite brain damage, its going to change my mind much. That said I also use common sense and have NO issue pulling my kid if I feel he is in danger. There was a pop warner game here where 5 kids got a concusion on 1 team in 1 game and the ref never stopped it. It was a case where 1 team was way advance from the other and that team also had limited players but coach didn't want to forfeit and sorry as a mom I would have pulled my kid.

I have a friend who's high school age son almost lost his eye sight in a freak baseball accident. He was pitching took a line drive to the eye. He was very lucky and they debated as parents but it was a 1 in a million thing and baseball was what kept him out trouble; forced him to do good in school to stay on team too. You need to weight the benefits for yourself and your family but also look at the whole picture. Now if they come back and say even kids who play just in high school have this damage its a different story but if that the case then all those high school football stars who didn't continue in college or pros would be suffering same things

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Wed, 02-06-2013 - 7:18pm
All the high school athletes in our high school have to do the base line, no matter what the sport. Like I said, we never worried until I saw the size of some of the other high school kids.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 6:53am

I have a realy tall for his age kid and a really short for his age and both are skin and bones. While my oldest WANTS to play football, he prbably should stick with baseball :) But he is lean muscle so with his height he weighs a LOT more then he looks but when you see him up against other boys his age...

My little one is 4 but the size of your ageverage 3 year old and thats after a recent growth spurt. Having a MUCH bigger brother he has learned t defend himself but still he will look like a midget.

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Thu, 02-21-2013 - 2:24pm

My oldest DD plays both club and HS soccer...there are alot of people who still feel that soccer is not a contact sport but I feel it has gotten as bad as rugby. I just cringe every time my DD heads a ball punted by the keeper but so far we have been lucky. Our HS team has had 1 torn MCL and 1 concussion so far this year. The concussion actually came when our player was not paying attention and got hit in the back of the head with the ball. Our club team has had 3 torn ACL's this season but no concussions. Only 1 of the torn ACL's came in a game...the other 2 were just goofing off in practice and fell wrong. You never know when you will get hurt but as long as you take precautions and pay attention especialy in soccer it really helps.

That being said we have played several teams with a lot less skill...those teams tend to go out and play trying to hurt the other players. Tripping, elbows to the head  and pulling are very real parts of those games and you just hope your DD gets out of there in 1 piece. Bloody knees and multiple bruises are the norm for my DD after each game (at least 2 a week)...and they wear NO pads or helmets.

Miki

I have a 19 month old DS and I plan on letting him try whatever sports he wants...somehow I would feel better if he played hocky just because of the padding but it's not real convenient down here in TX...not that many places to play.Smile

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 02-21-2013 - 11:56pm

You are right about good training.  It helps a lot in protecting the players.  I will say a bit of caution about hockey, at least for older kids.  THey get very fast and hit very hard.  I have many hockey players on my side of the family, and it seems that knees and shoulders are often under going surgery.  Not, saying you can't get hurt in any sport.  My dd did tae kwon do, la crosse, played hockey with boys, and tennis.  The only sport that she got her serious injury with was tennis, which was a badly sprained ankle. The air cast she was in caused her to fall down the stairs at school, being bruised all over her legs and back and needing 16 stiches across her archiles heel!  Lol, that dangerous tennis! 

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!