Demand High Schools Protect Football Players From Degenerative Brain Disease

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Target: National High School Football Programs and their Coaches

Goal: Demand a change to high school football programs to make them safer for the teenagers playing the game.

High school football programs that go national play with the same zeal as the NFL and put their players in just as much danger for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease that causes a loss in cognitive function, early onset dementia, and depression.  With a drive to win fueled by their coaches, these teenagers are thrust into violent games of football, suffering multiple blows to the head that will ultimately cause CTE.  These kids do not yet understand the long-term consequences of such rigorous gameplay on the body and should not be led to play so hard.

CTE is caused by a series of concussions throughout a player’s football career.  Many times if a player has a concussion but does not immediately exhibit signs of one, he will be put back into the game, where he will suffer more damage to the brain from violent movement of the head and “sub-concussions,” furthering the degeneration of cognitive functions.

Currently, coaches suffer no penalties for allowing their players to get hurt on the field.  However, losing a game sometimes comes at the cost of their jobs, motivating coaches to rigorously push their players.  Some coaches have been teaching their kids to play so hard that the other team not only loses the current game, but their next game as well.

The conditions high school football players are under must change.  Coaches are promoting brute force and focusing on winning before the safety of their teenagers so that they can keep their jobs.  Schools are hiring these coaches so that they can make money on a winning team, a rigorous football program, and televised games on ESPN.  Demand reform from these negligent programs to inflict penalties for player injuries, take safety precautions, and ease the pressure on winning at all costs.


Dear National High School Football Programs,

The conditions you are putting your teenage players under are despicable.  These kids are training too hard and being put in danger of lifelong injuries at too early an age.  The proof of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy emerging in high school players is alarming, and something that needs to be addressed.

Demanding brute force from your players and promoting a win-at-all-costs attitude is blinding them from the damage they are doing to their bodies in the process.  These kids are at an age where they still feel invincible, and should not be led by adults to suffer serious head trauma for the win of a game.  It is exploitation for schools’ profit.  There need to be penalties doled out to coaches whose players get injured; the pressure to win must be eased; and safety precautions must be taken to keep these players safe from future mental illness.  We demand that you address these issues by initiating reform, rather than throwing new helmets at your players.


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