To Play or Not

July 24, 2018

Josh and Shagra Stone, two athletic trainers, recently published an article expressing their thoughts on whether they will allow their six-year-old son to ever play tackle football. They have ultimately decided to not allow him to suit up.

They discuss the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated contact. They write that while “injuries are always part of the game,” adults tell their children to play hard despite years of studies detailing the risks of head injuries.

A 2017 study by Julie Stamm found that those who start playing tackle football before 12 are more likely to suffer behavior problems, cognitive impairment, and depression. The Stones also cite a 2017 study by Ann McKee, which looked at the donated brains of football players, and found CTE in the brains of 88 percent of them--21 percent of the high school players, 91 percent of the college players, and 99 percent of professional players.

The authors mention that Illinois recently passed the CTE Prevention Act, banning tackle football for players under 12 years old, as well as similar legislature in California, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. They said flag football was a possible alternative to tackle football.

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Indoor Pool Surface Solution

Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going away from the traditional above ground lifting platform and choosing the inlaid platform, which … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Teaching Principles: Neck Rotation

Coach Bill ‘Jake’ Jacobs goes back to the basic teaching principles with Neck Rotation. View his demonstration.  CLICK TO READ MORE...