April 28, 2001    





Do you feel that football is a dangerous sport for teenagers?

Really, most sports are dangerous. The only reason football is more prominently dangerous is because it is a more prominent game in general and yes, it is perhaps, slightly more dangerous than, say, soccer... but, in short, I feel that almost all sports are dangerous for teenagers and there is a potential to be injured, but at the same time the benefits for the individual may outweigh the potential for injury.

Johanna, 18


Mick, 30
, IL   USA

On the contrary...I sometimes think teenagers can be dangerous for the sport of football.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

Any sport is potentially dangerous. Football more so than lets say, bowling, but you accept a certain degree of risk with any sport. If my son decides that he wants to play football when he is older I will let him do it. I'd much rather have him be at risk of hurting himself during a football game than have him sitting on my couch munching Cheetos and playing video games all day. There is a lot of risk in being an inactive person as well.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

I don't think it's any more dangerous than soccer or rugby or baseball, but I don't know an awful lot about American football, so I'm probably unaware of something extremely sinister that goes with the game.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff  ENGLAND

No. there are going to be some injuries, but come on, it's a sport.  it's a classic american game, especially in high school and college.

Katie, 25
, FL   USA

Nah... not if they play it the right way...

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch

Probably, but then so it driving a car. I think all safety measures should be taken in both cases.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Not with all those damn pads. There's an element of danger in a lot of things and people do get hurt, accidents happen.

Alias Irrelevante

Not any more than it is for anybody else.

Karen, 21

The football is a contact sport--and the contacts are violent. The danger is greatly increased when a coach on either team encourages skirting the rules or winning at all cost.

Jill, 60

As potentially dangerous as many other things teenagers are involved in. What matters is are the adults involved aware and caring enough to make sure the game doesn't get too extreme.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

It can be a dangerous sport for anyone who plays. However, injuries are not going to put a stop to America's favorite sport. Injuries have been happening since the game began, it's just now, the media makes everyone aware of it!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ   USA

of course it is that's half the fun of it

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

I have no opinion whatever.

etoile, 20
, DC   USA

NO. it's a fun sport for teens!!!!!!!!

Mandi, 16

Yes I feel that football is dangerous for teen agers. But some of them are so dedicated they love it. My grandson has been injured every year for the last 4 years he has played. One year he got in one game and that was it after all the practice for a whole month in August. I felt bad for him.  But he has trouble with a knee and both ankles and his hamstring. But he is dedicated to it and loves it. I just hope he does not get any permanent damage. I have a nephew that was told after a injury that if he played anymore there was a chance that he could be paralyzed and so he had to quit. I also felt bad for him. I look up to these kids that play and continue even thought they may have pain. God Bless those teens.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

seen as this is a American survey I take it that you mean American football, you call our soccer. No I don't think that it is at all dangerous, all that padding they ware, shin pads, jaw guard, helmet and shoulder pads, I thought that only middle aged power dressing women wore shoulder pads? And they seem to stop the game every few minutes, not even exhilerating. Rugby, thats a dangerous sport, it's like american football except without the padding.



Reba, 51
, MD   USA

Nah-most teenagers are developed enough physically to be playing football.  It's not dangerous if they are playing in a school league, cuz there are rules. The danger lies in the expectations of parents which can lead to some serious issues like steroid abuse.

Angela, 16
, SC   USA

Not as dangerous as hockey.

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