Iâ€™ve coached in 430 football games. Counting the games I played in, its over 500. Football, like any contact sport, is vicious. Itâ€™s brutal. Collision after collision. Like minor MVCs â€“ motor vehicle collisions. Each impact adds up.
Like any high-risk job, high-risk sports carry potential catastrophic consequences. You can get killed or injured for life. Hereâ€™s my message as a parent and a grandparent to parents:
i. Sports have the potential to positively transform your children.
ii. Contact sports are serious business.
iii. I have calculated a workload formula for my players based on my personal research that I believe constitutes â€œhigh-risk training.â€
Donâ€™t fall into the â€˜blood-thirstâ€™ trap. The â€˜blood-thirstâ€™ trap is the bullshit that violent sports are somehow entertaining. Theyâ€™re not. Society has progressed from gladiator days. Sports is a double-edge sword. It can build up kids or it can tear them apart. The difference is off-field training. The major component of high-risk training is lifting. Itâ€™s not the only component of high-risk training but itâ€™s at the top of the list. Itâ€™s never failed to work out for my teams. Those who work out win and go to the next level. Those who donâ€™t, donâ€™t.
Donâ€™t take chances. Donâ€™t fool yourself. If you are a parent, invest in off-field training. If youâ€™re dreaming of seeing your kid get a scholarship or play in the pros, LIFT them by teaching them to lift.
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