With any sport there is a possibility of injury. That is just the inherent risk you have to take to compete. Some sports have smaller risks than others, but they are risks nonetheless.
This past weekend we were at an ultimate frisbee state tournament in the semifinals. Two points away from competing against Denver East in the finals. Giggles, one of our handlers Through up a huck to Thomas and he had to layout to grab it for a score in the endzone. Our sideline grew loud from the insane grab that was just made before them. We were now one point away from the finals. As the sideline started to quiet down they noticed Thomas was still on the ground. As the coaches rushed over to him it was clear that he hit his head on the way down. The trainer told us he wasn’t clear to play due to signs of a concussion. We had to play in the finals without our best player. Our team had to step up to the challange and try to replace an irreplaceable player.
Injuries can happen anywhere at anytime. Even in a “non-contact” sport like ultimate. Playing a physical sport like football is a non-lifetime sport where there is a higher possibility of getting injured that could impact your health and well being for the worse. Is that worth the risk? What can you gain from playing a non-lifetime sport that you can’t get from playing a lifetime sport?
I spoke with a coach who has been a coach for many years, and that has coached many of sports teams including football, volleyball, track and field as well as others. I asked him if he thinks football is a lifetime sport. “No. I do not believe football is a lifelong sport but I do believe it will teach you lifelong life lessons. As for the other sports (Basketball, Track, V-ball) They can be a lifelong sport if you have a passion to play them. I guess the same could be said of Football. It breeds a healthy lifestyle, confidence and positive self esteem.”
Health and well being is important for teens who play sports. The healthy lifestyle and confidence are good traits to learn at an early age for someone being introduced to the sports scene. Especially those of which who play a physical sport starting at a young age. This letting them Be more prone to injury due to the lack of muscle. “The athletes train to prevent injury by doing dynamic warm ups/cool downs and muscular strength and endurance training.” Even though this helps prevent injury it doesn’t stop it from happening. This goes back to Thomas getting his concussion. He warmed up and he has a healthy lifestyle but he took a tumble and was injured at the fault of no one in particular. Before Thomas started to play ultimate he played football and later stopped due to the violence of the sport. He didn’t stop because he thought that he would get hurt due to the sport; just because it felt violent.
There are lifetime sports that you can play for a longtime and you’ll have a higher chance of being fine and there are other sports that you can play but due to the physical nature and style of play of the sport, you’ll have a higher chance of ending the playing career at an earlier age. Is it worth the risk to play a non-lifetime sport and have higher chance of injury which would end the sports career earlier than expected? Or would it be more beneficial for teens to start with the lifetime sport and when they have matured in a physical way and when they have built up the muscle? Is it then when they could start playing a non lifetime sport having a lower percent of injury due to the muscle build up? Both the player athletes and the coaches agree that with any sport there is a chance of injury. That is just the inherent risk that everyone takes. It is up to the athlete and the athlete’s family to determine what they play, when, during the teenage years when the teens are just entering the sports scene to compete.