A few weeks ago I went here…
I swear, I only snuck in this one ridiculous photo with my deuces. I put them away and acted kinda like a professional
fan girl grown up the rest of the time.
to acting like a dork, while I was there, I met this guy…
(In case you don’t know, that is Roger Goodell and he
owns the NFL is the commissioner of the NFL, which is basically a professional way of saying he’s NFL’s daddy. He gets to spank naughty players and make excuses for them to all of us when they are naughty in public. But, he also gets to brag when they are good, and that’s pretty awesome too.)
And, I took a bunch of fan pictures for my husband and The Dudes…
It was awesome. Clearly.
But, aside from the fact that I got to come home and wave pictures of me and the Commissioner around in front of all of the Dudes in my life, I also learned some valuable information about youth football.
A year ago, I would’ve probably just cared about the bragging rights of this awesome experience.
I would’ve just written about the fact that I got to go in this room and watch SUPER BOWL FOOTAGE on the big, official NFL screen.
Based on the cool factor of that alone, I would’ve been happy and that would’ve been the end of it.
But, that was before this happened…
Dude #2 fell in love with tackle football this year.
He begged me all winter, spring, and summer to sign him up for it.
And, because of
his relentless begging the passion and desire I saw in his eyes, I did it, despite my desire to not commit hours upon hours to a sport I don’t particularly enjoy watching or think is completely safe.
And that was my biggest fear. I was horribly afraid that somebody was going to hurt my baby. Honestly, I still worry about that every time he steps on the field.
I worry that something will get broken, or pulled, or torn, or strained, or sprain. But mostly, I worry that he will be concussed.
And that, friends, is a legitimate worry.
Because kids do suffer concussions on the football field. And, sometimes coaches and parents and other adults involved in the sport aren’t educated enough to keep that from happening; or to respond to it appropriately when it unfortunately does.
It encourages coaches to teach boys a new, head’s up way to tackle (no leading with their head) and it’s helping to spread awareness about concussion treatment and prevention.
It’s helping parents, coaches, players, and physicians really understand the severity of having your brain bounced all around in your skull in a way that has never before been done.
So, allow me to school you a bit.
These are some common myths about concussions:
- You have to get knocked out to be concussed. Um, nope. You can have a concussion even if you don’t lose consciousness. You have to pay attention to the child to watch for some of the signs and symptoms of concussions even if there was no loss of consciousness after sustaining a hard hit.
- Concussions don’t have long term affects on the brain. Uh, yeah they do! You could be messed up for life. Anytime your brain is getting bounced around in your skull, you are putting yourself at risk for long term brain injury.
- If you wear the proper helmet you don’t have to worry about getting concussed. Wrong again, homie. Helmets actually don’t protect people from concussions; they are made to protect against skull fractures. Concussions can occur from the jarring of your brain, which means you can get one even if you don’t get hit directly in the head. Oh, and all of those little do-hickeys you hear about that are sais to help prevent concussions, they don’t work either. At least, there;s no real proof they do.
Want to learn more to keep your little’ person’s dome safe? Try here:
- The CDC: Heads Up Concussion Youth Sports
- USA Football
- Or, just watch the video:
Learning all of this I feel more empowered to talk to my son’s coach about safety, and to be an advocate for him and the boys he plays with. But, I’m still scared on every play that he is going to get injured. If he didn’t love it so much I swear I’d mama bear him right off that field and right into, um, competitive reading.
I’d love other moms to weigh in on this for me. Do you let your kids play? Are you ever going to? Do you think I should go ahead and just put him back in his onesie and strap him into his baby Bjorn again? Because, 7 is not entirely to old for that.
Now, go ahead and link up your Wordful posts below after you take a moment to visit this week’s Linky Faves and my co-host at Seven Clown Circus!
Wordful Wednesday Linky Faves
- Still loving the back-to-school photos everyone is sharing. Thanks for linking up your back-to-school photo cuties too, Mixed Molly!
- Another post made me miss home so much. Thanks for sharing these great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, Honey Mommy.
- Great snapshots of a grown up trip to Pipestone courtesy of Stop! She’s Got a Camera!
- A lovely post featuring photos of an equestrian meet, some beautiful horses, and a really talented teen girl at Life’s Signatures.