In a Wall St. Journal article entitled "Football Nanny State," the author outlines the growing debate about the safety of football for kids, which has accelerated after Junior Seau and other stories. A growing chorus of football parents and even players say that they would now hesitate to allow their children to play football given the risks of traumatic head injuries. The only problem with this growing opinion is that it, according to the author, is not based upon any evidence--yet:
"Recent studies performed on former longtime NFL players have left no doubt that playing professional football can be hazardous to one's brain—and one's future quality of life. But when it comes to the question of whether the sport is dangerous for kids, it's not that the evidence is inconclusive—there's no evidence whatsoever.
The Mayo Clinic has performed two studies on football and kids. In 2002, after examining 915 football players from elementary and middle schools, it concluded: "the risk of injury in youth football does not appear greater than other recreational or competitive sports." Last year, the Mayo Clinic studied 438 men who played high-school football between 1946 and 1956, when headgear was less advanced. That study found no increased risk of dementia, Parkinson's disease or Lou Gehrig's disease among these players compared with their non-football-playing male classmates."
I quoted this small portion since the Jiournal is subscription only and some may not have access. To be clear, I'm not taking a position on this issue--every parent should be able to decide for themselves if the risks outweigh the benefit for their kids. And more studies to come may provide evidence for that. But I do believe that the push for legislation to actually prevent kids from playing is misguided for kids, and that for adults, the decision should be entirely up to them.
In an attempt to distract you from the frustration of last night, here's a (brief) scouting report on the quarterbacks who have been confirmed or rumored to be in contact with Michigan about potentially receiving a scholarship offer for 2014. When I put all the names together, the list came out at the nice, round number of 10. Hopefully I didn't forget anyone important, but if I did, you can only blame yourself for not following me on Twitter and tossing out suggestions.
The list includes David Cornwell, Andrew Ford, Caleb Henderson, Coleman Key, DeShone Kizer, Michael O'Connor, Travis Smith, Wilton Speight, Chance Stewart, and Tyler Wiegers.
WR Jack Wangler, son of former QB John Wangler, has accepted a preferred walk-on position at Michigan. Nice to see the bloodline continue.
I have decided to commit as a preferred walk on at the University of Michigan.Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. GO BLUE
5 star DT A'Shawn Robinson, the prized recruit in Texas' class, has flipped to Alabama after being committed for over a year. This should probably end all speculation on Henry Poggi. On another note, Texas probably picked the worst time to turn into a dumpster fire. A&M leaves for the SEC and Manziel wins the Heisman, and now Texas is losing its grip on in-state recruiting.
At least Texas fans have the Longhorn Network. Hope it was worth it.
OB has confirmed that A'Shawn Robinson has informed the Texas coaches in an in-home visit that he will sign with Alabama on Wednesday.
LSU has Shaq show up to dinners for players on recruiting visits, I guess it makes a big impression.
According to Mike Rothstein, Michigan has hired Mike DeBord. As an administrator for field hockey, cross-country, gymnastics, track and tennis, but Brian still is panicking.