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Re: “Frontline on football

Citizen, not every high school in the nation has sports at their schools. Go back and look at what the federation website says:

"The NFHS, from its offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. The NFHS publishes playing rules in 16 sports for boys and girls competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs."

In other words, in 50 states, there are only 18,500 schools which participate in organized sports.

There are schools in Arkansas which do not have sports. If they do, they are in the Arkansas Activities Association, which is part of the NFHS.

Now, there are quite a few private schools which have sports leagues, but they are not all part of the AAA, or the NFHS. They play in non-sanctioned leagues, much like your local church leagues. Many of them, in fact, are church leagues.

As far as what happens to them if they do not follow the rules, there are several things which can happen. One school in California looked to try to leave and form a separate federation when the NFHS outlawed a football offensive scheme that the coach at that school had developed. There were schools in Arkansas which ran that offense, and they too had to change their schemes due to the ruling, as did all schools across the country.

With that being said, lets keep this civil. There is no need for name calling or cursing here.

Posted by ArkansasVarsity on 04/14/2011 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Frontline on football

eLwood, Schutt did not do the testing they showed results for, several independent labs did, and in fact, the results were featured on CNN. Schutt and Riddell helmets had tremendous results from these independent labs. Feel free to research yourself at http://sportstechie.net/concussions-helmet…

Also, another thing the show did not tell is that a vast majority of high school coaches in Arkansas changed practice times and habits due to the vast heat last year. Some went to very early morning (5 & 6AM) practices while some practiced at night at the times their actual games would be played. They realized that having kids out there in 3-4PM heat when they would not be playing in that time frame or heat was not necessary.

A couple of other notes I'd like to add from my personal observations covering high school football.

1: All four athletes which were mentioned in the film who suffered heat injuries were all linemen. Not a single skill player (QB, RB, WR, LB, DB, etc.) I say this because the skill players are competing in summer 7-on-7 sessions, and come August they are acclimated to the heat. The linemen have no summer workouts and are not acclimated when August drills start up. I have had several coaches inform me that they will make sure their linemen are more involved this summer in order to prepare them for the August heat.

2: When everything happened last year, I sat down with BJ Maack who was in the film, and Jason Cates, both of the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association and got their thoughts on this issue. I agree with their sentiments that not only do the coaches and trainers need to take responsibility while the kids are at practice, the kids and the parents need to take responsibility away from the field to insure the athletes are properly eating, hydrating, and sleeping while away from the field. You can not go all day without eating or drinking and expect not to dehydrate while at practice. The day following the Lamar athlete falling out, a well known and successful high school coach asked his kids how many had not eaten or drank anything that day before practice. The majority of his kids raised their hands. He canceled practice and held a team meeting to stress the importance of taking responsibility away from the field. He also met with the parents to do the same.

Back to my talk with BJ Maack and Jason Cates, you can view the interview here: http://www.arkansasvarsity.rivals.com/cont…

I would like to say that I am glad the show took a look into some areas that need work in high school football. However, I would have liked for them to have shown several other viewpoints and even offered some solutions to the issues. I have spoken with many people both in Arkansas and outside of Arkansas who were involved with this documentary, and they all feel that the show should have one to two more segments in order to show other viewpoints and provide some solutions for the issues they brought up.

Respectfully,

Luke Matheson
Publisher
ArkansasVarsity.com

Posted by ArkansasVarsity on 04/14/2011 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Frontline on football

What the show did not tell is the reason why there is no requirement for schools to have athletic trainers. There are not enough. This from BJ Maack of the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association who was in the show. Plans are being made to train coaches due to the lack of trainers.

Posted by ArkansasVarsity on 04/14/2011 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Frontline on football

Durango, a bill was passed just this month on this. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/201…

I will agree that the AAA needs to do more to ensure the safety and well being of our children, and according to BJ Maack, the AAA is working with the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association towards doing just that.

Posted by ArkansasVarsity on 04/14/2011 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Frontline on football

There is an organization for high schools. The documentary was dead wrong on that. http://www.nfhs.org/

Posted by ArkansasVarsity on 04/14/2011 at 11:03 AM

 

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