Saturday, October 26, 2013

Think Football Hasn’t Moved From a Sport to a Dangerous Practice – Then You Don’t Mind 300 lb High School Kids

What Kind of Parent or Society Does This to Their Children

High school sports used to be a fun and interesting and healthy activity for high school students. The purpose was to get good exercise in a non threatening way, to find some camaraderie and to enjoy competition.  No longer, sorry folks.  Now America is sacrificing its children on the altar of bigger, but not better.

Leesville Road High School's Alex Butler (75) runs through pre-game drills prior to a game against Athens Drive on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Williams Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

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How 300 pounds became high school football’s magic number

North Carolina high school football linemen who want to play in college face a choice: Go big or go home.
As college athletes grow in size, high school football players, particularly offensive linemen, believe that they have to pack on pounds if they want to play at the next level. Some lift weights to build muscle. Others bulk up any way they can, even if they have to eat their way to 300 pounds.
Gosh, what could be wrong with this.

Players bulk up at the risk of developing eating habits and extra weight that can cause long-term health concerns. Adding excessive weight can create lifelong problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels, breathing difficulties and increased susceptibility to stress fractures and muscle and joint pain.

Oh, that.  Okay America, get back to us when you get your priorities straightened out.

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