Ronald Dean (redean@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 02:34:05 +0000
While watching my oldest at practice a thought came to me and what better
place to ask than here. We have bike, motorcycle, ski, baseball, hockey,
lacrosse, amatuer boxing, and karate helmets. Did I leave any out? Anyway ,
they are all designed to protect us from blows to the head.
Why then do we teach the kids in soccer to head the ball ?
I'm told that if done properly there is no danger. What 6 year old is going
to know how to head a ball properly ? Especially a high ball in the heat of
a close game. Are you not 10-12 years old before your brain is fully
attached to the skull ? In pro boxing don't they try to land a blow to the
head to knock their opponent out? Look what happens to the boxers as they age.
I still remember while sleeding, rapidly approaching a pole. The sled would
not turn. Next thing I knew I woke up in my own bed. I was about 8 at the
time. Maybe that's my problem :}
Am I just being an overprotective Dad? It may be a slim chance of
something happening, but I do not know that I want to take that chance. We
can not protect them all the time, but why have them intentionally do
something that is potentially harmful. Seems to me it falls in the same
catagory as hand feeding the bear and deer we have been talking about.
Thought I'd ask,
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