The news today that Junior Seau killed himself has rocked his fans. He was a really great football player. But some are taking it as an opportunity to talk about the overall damage that football does to people. Now, there isn’t any evidence this was the case with Junior Seau. He could have just been a depressed person, or had other issues. We don’t know now, yet, or may never.
But it does sort of bring that aspect of sports back into my mind, and makes me think about my kids. You can’t prevent all injuries in sports, and at least with me I got pretty wrecked early on, but I don’t regret it, much. I wish I could still ski, but other than that I can live with it.
But that’s because I don’t have brain damage.I absolutely do not want my children participating in sports where you run headlong into other people running headlong into you. Or skating. The human body just wasn’t designed to have that happen to it. You can run straight into a wall and hurt yourself, but for the most part we can withstand injuries pretty well if they’re at a ‘natural’ speed. But when you double that with someone spearing you with a solid helmet… well you might as well say good night.
Hockey is even faster and worse.
Boxing… Forget about it.
I don’t judge people who play these games, and I even enjoy watching them. Some might call me a hypocrite for that, but I’m not saying I don’t want anyone to do so. I’m just saying I don’t want MY kids to do it. I won’t even prevent it. I just won’t encourage it. I’ll encourage sports without massive potentials for brain injuries. Like soccer, or baseball. Mostly soccer though. If someone else doesn’t want to do that and wants their kid to play football? Great. More power to you. I’m not judging. I’m just saying my decision is to not encourage it in my kids.
Because if you wreck your knee you might not be able to ski.
If you wreck your brain… You’re just done.