Essay on Football: Why is Football So Popular?
Football. The game that combines soccer and rugby. Invented in 1869 by Walter Camp, known as the “Father of American Football.” Football has kept families all around America entertained for centuries. Will this ever change? What is it about football that keeps them entertained? Do they crave the competition? Or do they love to watch people get injured? The medical journal Neurology published a study suggesting that professional football players are four times more likely to die from Alzheimer’s disease and ALS than the general population. Parents need to think twice before they allow their children to play football.
“In 2015, there was 3.21 million children, 6 to 17 years old, playing tackle football in the United States”, according to the website Brain and Spinal Cord. This website also says, “It has been estimated that a 9 to 12-year-old playing tackle football in an organized league can take on between 240 and 585 hits to the head each season.” That can be a lot of hits to the head especially for a brain the is still developing. Once you lose a neuron, it is lost forever. Children under 14 can still sustain brain damage even if they did not receive a concussion. Having a child play football at a young age gives them a high chance of receiving a brain injury which could change their whole life. The danger of receiving an injury is always a concern when playing a sport but football is one of the biggest contact sports. A child can injure themselves in more ways than a head injury while playing football. They can become paralyzed, tear a muscle, break bones, dislocate bones, and so many others that can render their participation in other sports. Football is a very dangerous sport for children to play since there is more at risk than just a muscle tear.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports believes that participation in sports develops important character traits and lifelong values in children, which can create a positive impact in their lives. Sports can boost self-esteem, develop leadership skills, be a natural stress reliever, develop lifelong healthy lifestyle habits, and fun.