TAKE 2: Proposed legislation would change football practices
Northwest Herald sports editor Jon Styf and columnist Tom Musick discuss proposed legislation to limit the number of days high school football teams can have contact drills per week heading into Monday's forum on the topic in Vernon Hills.
Styf: I love football. You love football. Even politicians love football. The difference between us? We're not trying to tell how to coach. This isn't the movies. I truly don't believe we have to protect our kids from the high school football coaches. They understand, like so many of us do now, that head trauma in football is real, dangerous and sometimes even preventable. I just think that politicians, especially in this state, have a laundry list of things to solve. High school football practice doesn't need to be one of them.
Musick: This is a tough one for me. I see your point about the state having bigger issues to solve, but on the other hand, I always have thought that high school football is at least as dangerous as professional football. We're lucky in McHenry County because the majority of our coaches are informed and understand the bigger picture. But I don't think that's true in every county, which means that a lot of players are facing extra risks for head injuries.
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