Injuries Cripple Milton Athletics
by Jack Weiler on Friday, November 6th, 2015
For decades, Friday night lights has been one of America’s favorite pastimes. It combines school spirit, energy, athleticism, and talent all in the same package. At many schools, high school football, not only Friday night lights, raises a lot of money for the school too. Drawing in students, parents and alumni to watch the games, schools can raise thousands of dollars a week with a simple admission charge of five dollars. It also brings students together to become one unit instead of the cliques of regular high school life.
Though football has these benefits, it also can be detrimental. Injuries are definitely a downside to the sport. Seven high school football players have passed away due to sport-related injuries this season alone, according to CBS News. The reason for most of these deaths and traumas are from blind-sided hits. These hits are not legal according to the rules, yet there are no serious repercussions for an illegal hit. Injuries in sports, not just football, are becoming an epidemic.
Luckily, we have not had any recent serious sports injuries threatening the life of Milton athletes. However, season after season, students’ years, or even careers, in the sport have been ruined by injuries at Milton. This football season, two of the captains, Dom Cozier (I) and James Fadule (I), have had serious injuries on the football field. Dom endured a season-ending elbow injury and James suffered a broken fibula. Last year, alumnus and college football player Justin Yoon ‘15, had a back injury from a hit that threatened the rest of his season. These injuries are not only from the “dangerous contact” in football, but also occur from wear and tear that can occur in any sport.
The varsity field hockey team has incurred many injuries this season as well. According to Devon Park (III), “a lot of the team has been injured” and specifically they have had “a lot concussions–and even a broken toe.” Given that field hockey is not a contact sport, it is odd that they would have a lot of concussions, but it shows that injuries are a constant issue in all sports no matter the contact level.
The varsity volleyball team has also has been hit with injuries. Captain Elly Vaughan (I) suffered an injury to her spine earlier this season. While many of these injuries can be heartbreaking, they are sadly the consequence of competitive sports. Because of these injuries, athletes fear that just one wrist fracture could end their careers.At Milton, the bottom-line is that we need to prevent them as much as possible, and bounce back if that preparation is not enough.
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