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Tackling Your Health
It’s fourth and goal. The tension is high with three seconds left on the clock. It’s now or never. The quarterback gets the snap, throws a 5-yard pass. It’s good! The Mustangs won in a miraculous way! Football is such a beautiful sport with beautiful moments. Yet some doctors and parents want this sport banned from schools. I think that students should be allowed to participate in football. It keeps you healthy both physically and mentally, and you develop great bonds with your teammates.
Playing football requires physical training. It keeps you in shape and feeling good. During the football season at my school, we did workouts. This consisted of sandbells, lifting weights, running around the campus, hill exercises, and sprints. Doing this training improves your muscle strength, boosts your endurance, and helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.
On top of that, you gain a remarkable bond with your teammates. It helps you learn how to be outgoing. It teaches you to be sociable. During this season I met a few people that I thought I’d never be friends with. But since football is a team sport, it made us closer together. Along with that, football challenges you mentally. Such as overcoming the adversity of a turnover or a loss. This helps your academic life by helping you deal with getting a low grade on a test. It makes you determined to do better.
However, football does have its risks. The injuries you can get due to football can be very minor, or fatal. For example, spraining your ankle is pretty minor compared to other injuries. But you can also suffer from a concussion. Risking the possibility of getting these injuries is very dangerous. This sport is risking the lives of kids. Although this may be true, other sports suffer from injuries just as great as football’s. According to an article by John Hopkins Medicine, about 200,000 children from the ages 5 to 14 are sent to emergency rooms due to bicycling. Comparing that to football’s 215,000 children from the ages 5 to 14 sent to an emergency room, the range isn’t as wide as you’d think. This clearly proves that football is not the only sport that suffers from serious injuries.
In conclusion, I think students should be allowed to play football. It keeps you physically and mentally healthy. To add onto that, you develop a great bond with your teammates. Overall, football is a great sport with valuable things that are helpful.