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Why your kids should play football

By From page A8 | February 27, 2014

As someone who calls Davis home, as a former Davis High football coach and as someone who was fortunate enough to go through the football and baseball program as a player, I am extremely saddened to see the lack of interest in football in Davis.

Concussions seem to be a major factor in parents not wanting their kids to play football, and I will tell you why you should allow your children to participate in football, without having to worry about concussions.

Technique, technique, technique! Too many young people today watch the NFL and see week-to-week NFL players demonstrate poor tackling technique because they want to make the “big hit.” You must trust in your child and the coaching staff to implement the correct techniques in form tackling, where from day one players are taught to hit with their head up (see what you are hitting), as well as hitting and creating force with their shoulders and hips. The head is merely there to complement the rest of your body; use it to think, not hit!

Yes, getting hit the in the head is going to happen, but it can be avoided. The football world is also doing everything it can to improve the game and the equipment used in preventing injuries, especially concussions.

Football is an amazing sport to be a part of. It will build character as well as teach your child the meaning of sacrifice, teamwork, dedication and commitment to something bigger than oneself.

Yes, there is a risk of injuries while playing football. But where in life is there not a risk for injury? Walking across the street is a risk, playing other sports is a risk, driving a car is a risk. My playing career ended my junior year of college because of a tear in my rotator cuff, and I would not trade my 13 years of playing football for anything.

Of course, football is not the only sport around. I encourage young men and women to play multiple sports while in high school. But football provides such a unique opportunity for young people, don’t let your children miss out on it!

Scott Malinoff
Nashville, Tenn.

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