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> Football, too much for the human body?
post Oct 14 2010, 02:26 AM
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We all love football. Smashmouth, slobber knocking football. With that being said....

Have the training routines, weight rooms, nutrition and nutrition supplements that are a standard part of todays atheletic development caused the game we know as football to exceed the ability of the human body to withstand the impacts and collisions?

Old phart that I am....when I played in a rural High School as a 150 pound linebacker, the linemen were generally in the 180-200 pound range and the running backs and receivers were in the 160-190 pound range. At that time in the NFL, linemen were in the 230-250 pound range, with the HUGE ones being 270. Backs and receivers were in the 180-200 pound range.

Today, even in High School...linemen are in the 270-290 pound range and the backs are in the 200-230 pound range...when you get to the NFL the linemen are in the 300-350 pound range with the receivers being in the 200 pound range and the running backs being in the 230-260 pound range.

With all the weight & strength training that is done in atheletics, there are two elements in the body that can't be trained...ligaments & tendons. Ligaments and tendons are the elements that hold joints together and afix muscles to bones...they come in the strength one was born with...PERIOD.

We have been training our athelets bodies to exceed that ability of the ligaments & tendons to hold it all together....especially when view from the standpoint of full speed collisions of the 'supersized' bodies that are moving at enhanced speeds from the strength of the developed muscles.

In all games that we play there is a RISK of injury. Football has passed the risk stage, for injury to the point that among all the players on the team there is a certintity that one or more players WILL be injured during the course of every game played.

If manufactureing companies were to have the injury 'Frequency/Severity' index ratio that NFL teams have....they would never be able to get any form of insurance on their operations.

I love football, however, I do believe it has become a game that has exceeded the capacities of the human body to play it.


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mmi16   Football   Oct 14 2010, 02:26 AM
stusson   I am in agreement with mmi's observation, cand...   Oct 14 2010, 05:12 AM
SEMIweather   I agree; I'm not sure what the solution is, sh...   Oct 14 2010, 10:01 AM
Rbrtkln   QUOTE(SEMIweather @ Oct 14 2010, 11:01 AM...   Oct 15 2010, 03:02 PM
mmi16   QUOTE(Rbrtkln @ Oct 15 2010, 04:02 PM) cm...   Oct 18 2010, 03:22 AM
harmelrhy   The only solution would be an improvement in the p...   Oct 14 2010, 04:20 PM
jericko   I'm working on a new sport that combines footb...   Oct 22 2010, 02:12 PM
mmi16   Seems as if the NFL is now having the weekly Concu...   Nov 10 2010, 12:36 AM
Weatherjunkie   This concussion business has me worried about the ...   Nov 10 2010, 06:46 PM
mmi16   QUOTE(Weatherjunkie @ Nov 10 2010, 07:46 ...   Nov 10 2010, 11:49 PM
CMeyers   QUOTE(mmi16 @ Nov 10 2010, 11:49 PM) Havi...   Nov 11 2010, 10:58 AM
Papa_Bear   I agree with all that has been said bout how the N...   Nov 10 2010, 07:28 PM
mmi16   No Perfect Helmet - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20...   Nov 12 2010, 06:49 PM
mmi16   Concussions & CTE http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEA...   Nov 24 2010, 11:43 PM
raughammer   Its football. It is supposed to be rough. If the ...   Dec 15 2010, 08:38 PM
emma_n_abbysdad   I think it is CRAZY that a league wants bigger and...   Dec 30 2010, 01:07 AM
mmi16   Max weight limit? 250 lbs?   Dec 31 2010, 10:48 PM
mmi16   Concussion conundrum http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPIN...   Jan 26 2011, 03:27 AM
mmi16   More injuries in the NFL in 2010 than prior years ...   Jan 28 2011, 06:37 PM
mmi16   Watch your head! http://news.yahoo.com/21-for...   Dec 23 2011, 03:42 PM
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