Are Some Sports Too Dangerous for Your Kids?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 11:16 AM

Chas Dodd #19 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs the ball against Trevardo Williams #48 of the Connecticut Huskies at Rutgers Stadium on October 8, 2010 in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights play the Connecticut Huskies at Rutgers Stadium on October 8, 2010 (Getty Images)

Right now, Rutgers University defensive back, Eric LeGrand, is in intensive care after a tackle sent him tumbling to the ground, head-first. LeGrand had emergency spinal surgery, but the injury left him paralyzed from the neck down.

LeGrand isn't the only sports injury to hit the headlines recently, and the tragic consequences to the players raises more questions about how much injury we can tolerate in football and other sports.

We'll take a deep look at this tomorrow, but we're asking you now: What sports would you not let your kids take part in? Let us know in the comments or call 877-8-MY-TAKE.

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Comments [13]

By text from Myrtle Beach, SC

As a person who got seriously injured in phys ed @ age 16, I would think twice about letting my son participate.

Oct. 20 2010 12:21 PM
By text from Pontiac, MI

Can't think of one. People are maimed, and die, in cars every day. Do we ban driving? Not to get all Libertarian about it, but risk is unavoidable.

Oct. 20 2010 12:20 PM
By text from Alpharetta, GA

Hockey

Oct. 20 2010 12:20 PM
By text from Winchester, MA

Hockey

Oct. 20 2010 12:20 PM
By text from Atlanta, GA

Football!!! We noticed this before all the hype. Only soccer and martial arts for my little one

Oct. 20 2010 12:20 PM
Brien from Facebook

That Afghani polo thang with the sheep carcass. Guh-ross !

Oct. 20 2010 12:18 PM
Rusy from Facebook

Isn't "teamwork" one of the most valuable lessons that sports teach?

Oct. 20 2010 12:18 PM
James from Facebook

I would prefer he stay away from contact sports like football, but I'm not going to forbid him from doing something he wants to do.

Oct. 20 2010 12:18 PM
Geronimo from Facebook

Team sports i.e. basketball, football, baseball, etc... Especially full contact sports. Things like track and field, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, diving...they can have at it all they want. I would want them to focus more on being an individual and their own talents rather than trying to connect and fit in with a team.

Oct. 20 2010 12:17 PM
Brien from Facebook

Jousting

Oct. 20 2010 12:17 PM
Rusty from Facebook

None

Oct. 20 2010 12:16 PM
Krist from Facebook

FOOTBALL

Oct. 20 2010 12:16 PM
James from Ann Arbor, Mi

No sports that involve another person trying to stop them from doing your best.
Stick to individual sports like gymnastics, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, ... ...
you get the idea.
War sports, where territory and defeat is the goal teach aggression over doing your best.
-James

Oct. 20 2010 12:14 PM

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