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Old 06-03-2019, 08:09 AM   #61
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I didn't know that, but if you go out to be a kicker and don't get picked to kick then what happens? Do you ride the bench to get moved to another slot. In our small school the kicker is just the best kicker on the team and plays another position.
Probably would be a backup kicker and ride the bench or if the kid is so inclined, possibly another position if the kid and coaches agree and work him out in that role. However, smaller HS may not have much flexibility if they do not have enough kids on the roster.
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If I was your son and was denied ability to play I would never forgive you.
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I think you made a good decision. I think cross country is the best high school sport. CTE is serious and I think we'll see a lot of changes in attitudes as people come to accept this.
Yep. Reminds me of smoking 50 years ago...it was obvious that this wasn't a smart thing to do, but people did it anyway. Now, kids are out getting mowed over (football or soccer) and in a number of years, society will look back and wonder why we allowed it.
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I still say he should discuss this with his physician.
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Cars kill more teenagers than organized sports.

Its not the being killed that would worry me. . . but the possibility of permanent disability.
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I also think you made a good decision. My two boys played pee wee, middle and high school football and true they didn't get to play much because it was a huge school , they hit plenty in practice. My deceased father played college and semi-pro football in the 1940's and was a running back. He had injuries that kept him in pain much of his adult life. (Of course that scrap of leather didn't offer much protection.) Do you have any flag football leagues in your area? I think flag football will replace contact football certainly at ages below high school and possibly even high school as more facts about head injuries come out. There are national flag football organizations that put teams together and help coordinate the individual clubs. Just a thought.
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Nephew is an ortho surgeon and wonít let his kid play football. Says his kidsí knees and back will thank him when the kid is 60.
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no way

FWIW,
I could not play football due to a childhood skull fracture (likely all healed by 9th grade) and concerned parents with a backbone to back it up. It was not the most popular choice in a working class community high school back in the day.

Forty years later, I golf with some of the same guys who are getting knee replacements, etc etc. It's not just the CTE issues. In short, they grouse about "paying the price" etc. and "wish they chose otherwise". I count my blessings now.

So good for you if you say no, especially with the past issues. Note that soccer likely has a higher concussion rate, so make sure junior is going with low impact sports like cross country etc.
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All my 70 year old high school friends from Texas have screwed up knees, shoulders, and backs. My father, the doctor , would not let me play because he saw the results. Have him go out for track or golf or the debate team.
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If I was your son and was denied ability to play I would never forgive you.
parents who are aware of CTE and encouraged a son to play football might have trouble forgiving themselves if he developed irreversible neurological problems
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The hard part of this conundrum is that the health problems don't show up right away. So the young person sees his/her friends having fun, seemingly without dire consequences.

No young person can imagine himself/herself being middle-aged, let alone with serious health problems. At that age, we are focused on the present and maybe a few years ahead.

That is why parents have to make the hard choices, as fairly and kindly as they know how, and bear any resulting resentment. And it can be a Morton's Fork choice. I wish the OP and their son best of luck in this. Definitely bring the doctor into it as much as possible, to deflect some resentment onto the outside authority.

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Lol I know plenty of 35yr olds with messed up knees and backs who didnít play any organized sports.
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You canít take away all the risk in life. Canít take away a bicycle because they might crash. Canít stop them from walking across the street by themselves. I understand the risks for goodness sakes. I also know the desire for a young man to play a team sport that will build many memories. You canít deny wanting to be with buddies in the huddle and locker room. Yes I got my bell rung many times. Maybe I was lucky. I also got hurt a few times. I survived.
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You canít take away all the risk in life. Canít take away a bicycle because they might crash. Canít stop them from walking across the street by themselves. I understand the risks for goodness sakes. I also know the desire for a young man to play a team sport that will build many memories. You canít deny wanting to be with buddies in the huddle and locker room. Yes I got my bell rung many times. Maybe I was lucky. I also got hurt a few times. I survived.
OK...lucky until now who knows if that will last for the rest of your life. Your argument that you did it years ago holds about as much water as saying, car seats for kids, never had one myself, who need a stinking car seat...
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