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house Bill H.R. 3789

Should the CDC & the President’s Sports Council Conduct a Study on Deaths Related to High School Football?

Argument in favor

It would be wise for the CDC and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to study deaths related to high school football and make recommendations to prevent and treat such severe injuries.

Steven's Opinion
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09/29/2017
It isn't just a matter of poor techinque on the part of the players; it's the limitations of the protective equipment to completely shield players from lasting brain injury, even if the game is played correctly. This is something that should be made very well known to parents, so that fully informed decisions can be made about whether their children should play football. The risk isn't small.
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Anna's Opinion
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09/29/2017
Research is the first step to finding measures that better protect our children. Our children are worth this investment.
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Matthew's Opinion
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09/29/2017
One need only to look at any 5A or 6A program in Texas to find examples of coaches’ negligence swept under the rug in order to keep winning games. Disgraceful.
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Argument opposed

There’s little to be gained by the CDC and President’s Council on FItness, Sports & Nutrition studying deaths in high school football. It’s a violent sport that’s dangerous if players use poor technique.

wsdraperv's Opinion
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09/29/2017
No. Football has risk. Everyone knows it. There's no point in spending scarce taxpayer $ on a "study" which will conclude just that. The CDC should stick with what it knows, Zombie Apocalypse.
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Vanessa's Opinion
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09/29/2017
President's counsel on health and nutrition will investigate.... didn't they just get rid of healthy lunches? This research should be above board, no one will believe the data and parents need answers.
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Ronda 's Opinion
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09/29/2017
We already know that concussions cause long term damage. It would be better to spend the money on educating the public on the very real danger of seemingly minor head injuries.
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    It isn't just a matter of poor techinque on the part of the players; it's the limitations of the protective equipment to completely shield players from lasting brain injury, even if the game is played correctly. This is something that should be made very well known to parents, so that fully informed decisions can be made about whether their children should play football. The risk isn't small.
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    No. Football has risk. Everyone knows it. There's no point in spending scarce taxpayer $ on a "study" which will conclude just that. The CDC should stick with what it knows, Zombie Apocalypse.
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    Research is the first step to finding measures that better protect our children. Our children are worth this investment.
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    One need only to look at any 5A or 6A program in Texas to find examples of coaches’ negligence swept under the rug in order to keep winning games. Disgraceful.
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    President's counsel on health and nutrition will investigate.... didn't they just get rid of healthy lunches? This research should be above board, no one will believe the data and parents need answers.
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    We already know that concussions cause long term damage. It would be better to spend the money on educating the public on the very real danger of seemingly minor head injuries.
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    If this were a real study, without an agenda to somehow enrich the corrupt White House and Cabinet, yes, absolutely! There is so much pressure on so many kids to play football. Parents need to know what the risks of what they are pushing are. I was friends with a very famous football player whose irritability was terrifying. Only after my own concussion with unwarranted rage did I realize why small things enraged him. Traumatic Brain Injury. People of color often could only look to sports for a way to make real money and nobody should have to suffer brain injury unknowingly.
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    Don't waste tax-payer money on this. Anybody in any sport knows the potential risk. Best recommendation, parents should chose to have their children play a safer sport.
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    CDC & High School Football. I spent over 6 years working with GAO, Brain Injury Assoc., Leavenworth brain study recognizing 8 year olds were at risk with Pee Wee Footballer and a support group of 2 dozen persons with brain injury from football. With latest CTE studies, NFL must come to same conclusion that high school and college football MUST see
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    Let's do everything to protect kids!!! They are the future!!
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    These are our children.
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    Children aren't in school to get killed. They aren't in school for sports. They are there for a future. We owe them a modicum of safety
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    Millions of American boys and young men in America have played football since time can remember! I did! Did I get my bell rung? Once! More twisted sprained ankles than anything and got the wind knocked out of mea couple of times! I was born in the late1950s and raised in the 60s and 70s. Our parents demanded toughness as we are Americans and that is that! Football not Baseball is America's true national pass time! All real Americans love tough sport and strong competition. We honor those who excel for that is our way! We cannot and will not tolerate a looser or a coward! People get hurt! Way more people killed and maimed in car accidents and on foreign battlefields then men coming down with brain diseases from football! Oh Yeah! I forgot to tell all of you that while serving in the army we also played a lot of sports! We played full contact football with NO pads or helmets! Called Combat Football! Yes I participated! Got banged up! Licked my wounds and went back for more! That's what being an American Man is all about! Yes!!!!!
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    Yes, I think they should because if you play the sport with sportsmanship you probably would not get hurt. But we have become overly aggressive in sports where only winning counts. Coaches lose jobs if they don't win. So players are taught how to take out an opponent. Winning is all that counts, no matter what it takes. From High School to NFL. Maybe we should go to Flag Football 🏈.
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    When I was growing up I always enjoyed playing football during PE and with my friends. We never used helmets or any other kind of protection. Fortunately nobody got injured, but we did get very ruff and I did get my bell rung a few times. I do endorse the idea of making a study about Football and the effects that it has on our youth.
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    I agree there should be additional research on the impact to our children. I somehow doubt this will occur under this administration, however. So far this administration has shown very little interest in anyone except the richest Americans.
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    Parents know the risk. We all know the risk. Why?
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    There is nothing worse than losing a child. If there is something that can be done to prevent it, then the research is worth it.
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    Money would be better spent on this than that useless wall. Ditch the wall, protect our kids.
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    Absolutely, it's been proven that young athletes playing full contact football have less cognitive ability,not to mention the dangers that go w/concussions. They should also add soccer to this as young girls playing soccer are at a higher risk of neck injuries & hairline fractures. Ask any physician the 1st concussion can take up to a year to heal, the second concussion before the first one has healed can cause death. The statistics from Pop Warner are skewed in favor of the league not the safety of your child. Same with soccer. Unfortunately the ego of the parent sometimes outweighs the safety for the child.
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