A Rogerian Argument on children playing football

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There are plethora of people who love playing football all over the world. This not only include adults but also children of all ages as a reason to which this form of game is included in the school’s academia where children are trained and schooled on how to play this game efficiently. Football is a sport that deals with the first-hand interaction with other players in the field. Different techniques like tackling, sacking, blocking or defensing if played non-cautiously can put the players in a grave danger. Many types of research and surveys have revealed that American football has the highest number of concussions in the field. Brains and body of children are still under development at a young age and sports like football can expose them to various clinical conditions like depression, headaches, behavior that is convulsive and long term clinical conditions which might include chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s. On the other hand, different associations, leagues and authorities are taking expedient actions like incorporating protective gears, coach’s training and other different defensive and safety measures in order to make the sport of football as safe as possible for children. This paper will focus on the Rogerian Argument on children playing football

Many healthcare professionals, parents and other sport critiques have a consensus on the fact that football is a dangerous game especially for the developing brains of children. Their biggest and foremost concern is the head injury or head concussions associated with it. These concussions if left untreated can lead to life-threatening conditions like CTE or Alzheimer’s disease. Many experts are adamant on banning youth tackle football because of the raising number of injuries in players like sprain, strain, fractures or concussions. Coup countercoup injuries in football can lead to irreversible brain damage causing memory loss with time, hence restraining parents to encourage their children to enter the game. Moreover, since football is a competitive and highly pressurizing game, it can lead to low self-esteem and depression in children at times when they are unable to win the game. Similarly, athletic children who play football develop a superiority complex in context to other non-athletic students, therefore staining their personalities in a negative way(O. Faude et al.).

While there are circumstances where parents and healthcare professionals can stand corrected, the positive impact and implicit influence that football has on young minds can neither be ignored as well. It is an agreeable factuality that football is a highly impact game that can lead to concussions and other head injuries but if players are well-trained by coaches, for example, during tackling if they are taught to use their shoulders instead of their heads, the consequences of injuries can be reduced to a much lesser extent. Athletic students are treated and coached differently in order to enhance and brush their capabilities and talent, therefore teachers and coaches can work cohesively to make sure they stay down to earth as much as possible. There is no sport in this world that does not poses risk to the players, but there are authorities and leagues such as NFL’s Concussion Management Policies and Procedures, that have imposed rules and regulations to safeguard the players’ safety as much as possible(Oliver Faude et al.).

Football is one of the most loved and highly practiced game in the world with so many advantages for young children. While parents and guardians are fearful regarding their children playing football, children should be supported to pursue their career in this game if they are passionate about it, as this sport is a great way to infuse positive self-esteem in the growing minds of children and builds a sense of cooperation in them. It helps in building strong friendships, develops teamwork and care for others(Harrell et al.). It not only helps children to understand how to accept defeat and triumphs with shear optimism but also abet them in acquiring physical and mental fitness.

Although football has its negative impacts on health of young children, yet it should not be banned altogether negating its positive impacts completely. Different measures can be taken in order to safeguard the physical and mental health of children for example by using protective gears like helmets, pads, mouth guards and chest-protectors that can protect them from any direct impact. Children have a free will to either practice football or not, but if they do want to pursue football then different program units should be built in order to train them how to tackle the ball without head-on collisions, how to wear the protective gears properly and when to report if there are any signs of concussions or not(Moreno et al.). However, it is not necessary to always play a game with competitive intentions only, children should be taught these precautionary measures even though if they play football just for fun.

While health concerns regarding football are certainly unavoidable, football cannot be discouraged altogether as millions of people all around the world would want this game to thrive for decades to come. If schools, colleges and training centers imply these protecting and safeguarding policies, learn about proper gear fitting and use safer game techniques than football can be a safer game to play. They should incorporate better diet plans, strengthening and stretching exercises and positivity in the field of play so that there is no aggression during the practice or in the field. Allowing children to play football with great passion and enthusiasm would not only help them to better their personalities but also help to achieve self-confidence altogether.

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