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Can The Incidences of Football Injuries Be Decreased?

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Last year, the number of devastating football injuries have increased. Or maybe it was the way these incidences were reported that made it seem on the rise. People were made aware of the severe effects of fierce hits on the field. Several football players have comments about the threat of the growing incidence of this dangerous situation.

Steve Young was direct to the point when he sustained several concussions from being hit hard on the field. These occurrences ultimately made him retire from the sport he loved. Just recently, Austin Collie, former BYU player now playing for Indianapolis Colts, has been on the receiving end of several concussions. The last occurred during early December after being hit by Daryl Smith, Jacksonville linebacker. In less than 6 weeks, this was the 2nd concussion he suffered and according to some reports, most likely the 3rd in 7 weeks.

What can be done to lessen these career-ending injuries? Some suggests that by increasing the number of qualified receives will result in fewer tackles. Having extra-large linemen or safety’s will lessen the incidence of injury. Another proposal is to expand the neutral zone so players protecting the quarterback will have enough time to correctly position themselves to ward off the brutal blows.

Another suggestions is to expand the distance between the hash marks which is currently at 18 ½ feet. This will open up the playing field and will not allow everyone to converse in the middle where most of the activity and injuries occur. All of these ideas could be worthy of consideration as ways to reduce incidences of injuries that are happening on the fields all over the country.

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