As a junior high student I have an interest in football. My concern is in the increase of knee injuries to the football players. I would like to see improvements in knee safety for the players. Knee injuries affect 20% of high school football players (Metro Sports Metro). Out of those players 40% require surgery to fix the knee. For the one’s who don’t require surgery they have 9 to 12 months of rehab. This affects the family with medical expenses and possible long term disability.
I would like to see more education among the athletes, parents, coaches and officials about illegal plays and the potential to cause injury. Players need to be encouraged to report even minor knee injuries. Athletes need to have proper and affordable equipment to use. In closing I would like to re-stress my feelings about the importance of proper knee safety among football players.