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    wussification?

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    and using the term "child abuse" in these situations is the wrong term to be using-talk about sensational journalism.

    Opinion: Youth hockey injuries border on child abuse

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20...ild-abuse?lite

    The NHL hockey playoffs are underway. The contact is fierce and the fans love it. I do, too. But there is big trouble brewing for the future of hockey, football and other contact sports -- concussions. If hockey does not change, it has a dim future. Not because of the injuries being suffered by professional players but because of parents trying to do the right thing by keeping their kids away from a dangerous sport.

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    Parents are in a horrific bind. Their kids want to play contact sports but their coaches want them to emulate the pros. Oversight groups make noises about a safer game, but the concussion rate grows and grows. Parents want their kids to play sports to keep them out of trouble and to encourage habits and virtues that will help them later in life. But they certainly don't want to see them with headaches, memory loss and learning difficulties later on, either....

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    Your headline says it all. The Wussification of America. This started a long time ago but now is boardering on the surreal. Lets see. Everyone gets a participation medal. (just show-up )
    I will sue you because Im stupid enough to pour hot coffee on myself. ( you should have known I was a wuss!)
    I got hurt on the play grounds at school. ( Lets sue the school board & citizens of the community )
    My kid stole a car & totaled it. ( Well they should not have left the keys in it, Im sueing )
    Someone broke in my home so I shot his arse. ( Well guess who's getting sued )
    We promised to take care of our injured vets. ( We lied sue me )



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    Youth sports now start at 4 years old. The extreme some parents (too many) go to borders on child abuse, both physical and mental.

    Kids are exposed to a wider variety of more serious injuries at a younger age and the quest for glory exposes them to risk for a longer period.

    If anything, it's just the opposite of wussification.

    Another factor is that kids used to play sports like hockey and football in a much less structured environment. They played them less frequently, and unless you lived in a neighborhood of bruisers, they played them with far less chance of injury. There are a lot more ice rinks today than there were even 20 years ago, much less 40.

    No it's not wussification. Concussions can cause a lifetime handicap. They're just not worth it.

    I don't think we're going to recognize football in 10 - 15 years. Mommas won't to let their babies grow up to be concussed.

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    We used to play full contact football without pads and helmets. Then when we got pads and helmets we became headhunters. Headhunters in fake helmets that wouldnt even be allowed on a kid's head on a bike these days. Oh, and we didnt wear bike helmets. Concussions didnt hurt me. Not a single one of them. Concussions didnt hurt me. Not a single one of them. I had 3 concussions before the age of 13, and multiple ones since. I am reckless and mildly braindamaged, but it was all really fun.
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    1st Always knew football, hockey, etc were contact sports & you could get injured. That has not changed. Lets see I practiced 3 times aweek in Pee Wee football. Then a game on Saturday. They don't do much more than that now in Pee Wee. Had the same equipment as everyone else. Difference ? ( I went home & did my chores, homework, then went out to play with permission, did not go & play with my Nintendo ) What are we teaching the youths of this country.
    In my opinion, Lets just do enough to get by. If thats not enough we will sue our way there. That is my point.



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    One major thing that is missed about sports today, is that the child has to play that one sport year-round in order to stay competitive. They play softball & soccer indoors in the winter, travel sports compete year round, except when High School Sports are in season. This leads to repetitive stress injuries, nagging injuries that won't heal, and a real sense that the child feels that they are letting their teammates down if they aren't out there.
    You never stand so tall as when you kneel to help a child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4evrHusker View Post
    One major thing that is missed about sports today, is that the child has to play that one sport year-round in order to stay competitive. They play softball & soccer indoors in the winter, travel sports compete year round, except when High School Sports are in season. This leads to repetitive stress injuries, nagging injuries that won't heal, and a real sense that the child feels that they are letting their teammates down if they aren't out there.
    This is definitely a MAJOR factor in injuries.



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    diversification is key until the last year or 2 of HS-where one has a realistic shot at a college scholarship-then they should focus on that sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huskers57 View Post
    diversification is key until the last year or 2 of HS-where one has a realistic shot at a college scholarship-then they should focus on that sport.
    Sadly, this is no longer the norm in competitive circles. Travel sports almost demand year-round commitments from the competitors. It is in the last year or two of HS that those that realize that they don't have a shot, taper off their commitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4evrHusker View Post

    Sadly, this is no longer the norm in competitive circles. Travel sports almost demand year-round commitments from the competitors. It is in the last year or two of HS that those that realize that they don't have a shot, taper off their commitment.
    This.

    I see it all the time at church, where the kids are so invested in hockey or baseball or whatever the sport may be, and it's a year-round commitment, that it eats up all of their other time. And it's becoming more and more the norm.

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    Is chasing girls considered a sport? Because I still have some scars from that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LutheranHusker View Post
    This.

    I see it all the time at church, where the kids are so invested in hockey or baseball or whatever the sport may be, and it's a year-round commitment, that it eats up all of their other time. And it's becoming more and more the norm.
    Not to mention their parents money. The amount spent on elite sports (travel, coaching, gear, medical bills, etc) over a 13 year period (age 5 to 18, and don't kid yourself, it starts at age 5), probably equals what they'd spend on four years at a decent public university.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBlack&Blue View Post
    Not to mention their parents money. The amount spent on elite sports (travel, coaching, gear, medical bills, etc) over a 13 year period (age 5 to 18, and don't kid yourself, it starts at age 5), probably equals what they'd spend on four years at a decent public university.
    But can you imagine how much scratch they'll be making as an NFL started for 13 years!!!!!!1111111



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    Kids just don't realize how good they've got it...

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    Here is a problem I see. "Select" teams used to be just that "Select". Not anymore if your kid doesn't make the "Select" team parents are starting up their own "Select" team so their kid isn't cut. Then you enter that same team in with the true "Select" teams and you end up with kids playing against teams that are generally bigger, stronger, faster and just overall better and that is probably where alot of the injuries start happening. I remember playing baseball when I was 12yrs old against seniors to be in highschool in the fall leagues, late summer Nebraska Select highschool teams I played on travelled the region and played junior colleges (not fun getting drilled in the back by a 90mph fastball when you are 12) but my point is that there was huge risk for injury in those leagues because most of us weren't even close to being physically ready to play with them. In Lincoln for baseball it used to be the Rebel/Kawanis as your select teams then you had Little League/Babe Ruth and the difference in talent between those were huge. Now you have like 6 or 7 different "Select" teams but IMO it has just spread out the talent. Its okay to be cut you just have to work harder for the next chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatchsker View Post
    Is chasing girls considered a sport? Because I still have some scars from that.
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