Should kids under 8 play football? By owen estes

Should kids under the age of 8 years old play football? I think NO. But if you disagree with me, I have some facts for you to acknowledge, and maybe you will change your mind. Too many kids are getting hurt! I know that no one wants that, but it's the truth. I have facts to support my position, from hits to the head, to how much it can cost.

Concussions can cause long term damage to their brain, and it can impact kids for the rest of their lives. Some players could take 240 to 585 hits to the head, and even more to other body parts. That’s up to 80 hits per game! (there is up to 11 or 12 games per season) Kids under 8 should not be able to risk the rest of their life by playing football, in my opinion. If you don't know what to look for, a kid could have a concussion without you even knowing, and continuing to play can really increase the chances of long term harm. Some symptoms are headaches, lose of intelligence, depression and suicidal thoughts. As a result of so many concussions, some big voices are trying to keep parents from letting their sons play football. When kids are older they may have mental problems because of an incident from their childhood, such as concentrating and severe headaches.

The kids can not calm down afterwards. If a kid plays football at recess, at 6-8 years old, and they have a math test a half hour later, many kids would not be able to pay attention or give their best effort into the test. These kids could still be very energetic and not be able to settle down because the energy is still going, or the opposite could happen...these kids might be very tired. If that happens, teachers could get mad and grumpy, and that will affect the other kids too. For example, they might even have their heads on their desk or even fall asleep! A person will become what his or her childhood has been, if they are really “A human being, a person, is formed during early childhood, therefore their development during the first few years of life is very important.” According to—http://www.rafabenitez.com/web/in/blog/what-the-age-start-playing-football/1/

The expenses of playing youth football are just too big for a 7 year old to play football. Youth sports is a $5 billion market each year! Over 20 million 8 and under play youth sports, that's a lot of money! Some parents pay $671 and some {about 21%} spend up to $1,000 or more! Also, some people {1,000 parents} took a survey and found out that football was the most expensive sport to play of all sports. These expenses do not include healthcare costs for school students and their sports related injuries. That means it's not including visits to the doctor if you get a concussion. So this is a huge commitment of time and money. Even if a kid does not get hooked on the sport or does not like it after one or two seasons, it can still cost parents over $1,000! Also, if parents don't have a lot of money then playing football could cause a lot of damage financially to the family. So as you see it can be very expensive.

Some people might say; if you take really good precautions that you could still play football safely. But I say that you still run the risk of getting a concussion or some other injury if you even step on a field with a helmet on {because that means you're signed up to a league}. Question what if you have a football and nothing else, can't you still play football? Answer you would still need some sports clothes to play in (it’s very hard to play in jeans). Another point is if you take a kid who loves playing sports to a sporting goods store, it’s just like taking a kid into a candy shop, literally.

Should kids play football under 8 years old? So I have given you my research and all my thoughts, and I think that I have given you some good facts about the dangers and costs associated with football for kids under the age of 8. For example, how expensive it can be and how the long term damage from concussions can affect children for their whole lives! Please, stop to consider my facts before letting young kids play football. It is a very fun game to play, but under age 8, it can be a very dangerous sport to play.

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"What Is the Age to Start Playing Football?" Rafa Benitez Official Website. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017

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Strachan, Maxwell. "The Super Bowl Overshadowed A Disturbing New Study Of Youth Football." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 03 Feb. 2015. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

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