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LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
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I love when that little, but bright, light bulb goes on above my head when I'm reading something.
It's a 'heyyyyyyyy, wait a minute moment.'
It happened last night as I was reading another story about the severity and consequences of playing football, for all ages. This one, by Isobel Markham, focused on high school kids.
I'm beginning to get fatigued on these stories because all that I've read, probably dating back to the Seau suicide. I'm well versed. I'm real close to say just saying I GET IT. Though I know many still don't. Both sides, the anti and pro football evangelists are digging in and narratives are being created.
The following illuminated the shine on and above my head...
Football's popularity at the high-school level is slowly diminishing, with participation numbers decreasing each year since the 2008-2009 season, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. It's too early to tell for sure, but this may be a result of concerned parents questioning the wisdom of allowing their child to play such a dangerous sport. If this trend continues high-school football, a key feeder in the NFL pipeline, will have to adapt if it wants to survive.
I believe the first sentence is FACT. Let's peel apart the onion though.
As somewho is VERY careful with words and language, so I always give myself some latitude (to escape some dumb prediction or opinion), 'it's too early to tell for sure,' is a concrete qualifier, so let me add another reason why participation in ALL high school sports, not just football is down.
1. High schools can't afford some sports, so they cut them, or the entire sports program, simply because it's too costly. Soccer and basketball require little investment, but football demands many resources. Equipment. Field upkeep. Many coaches. Trainers. Travel.
2. The high schools keep sports, including football, but put the cost on the parents either by having to buy their own gear and equipment, or implement something that didn't exist when I was in high school and playing baseball, the pay-to-play fee, which many parents have declined on principle, or sheer lack of funds.
So, yea, while I think concerned Moms are yanking their kids from football programs because of the potential for serious injury amid the epidemic of concussion discourse, some kids and some schools just can't afford to have sports anymore thus adding another component to that sentence I isolated from Markham's story.