Football Vs High School Football

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With the high school football playoffs coming to a close, the thought of how football has changed over the past 30-years has led me to look for the differences between then and now. Football has been evolving in a Varity of ways, coaches and rules have made great steps forward in player safety, as well as the preparation of the game while still keeping the importance of the game the same. Even though the enthusiasm for High school football 30 years ago and Football today has stayed the same many aspects have changed. The amount of time spent in the offseason and player safety are very different today than it was 30 years ago. I am going to compare the differences that have been noticed between when my father played football 30 years ago compared …show more content…
New Helmets are designed to prevent serious head injuries and according to writer Jeff Graham, serious head injuries have been reduced by an estimated 20 percent. Helmets have been developed to try and protect players, because there are a growing number of concussions. Concussions are nothing new to the football world. Today coaches and trainers are trained to find the signs of head injury, so more are being reported. Our team today has many blocking bags and tackling dummies that were not available in the past. Because we have these new tackling dummies, we are able to limit the amount of time of full contact drills to limit injury, but still be able to teach proper form to prevent injuries. The largest difference is the new equipment is much safer and is much lighter as well. With the advances to equipment the price of equipment has almost doubled in the past 30-years. Today, according to Jeff Graham is costs an estimated five to six hundred dollars and in some schools even more. Today we are outfitted with much better equipment than players in the past have been. Football has been a competitive sport since the beginning, so naturally schools are trying to find ways to get an advantage and this has led to offseason training. A significant difference that my father has noticed over the past 30 years is the amount time that is spent in the off season. He recalls showing up to the first day of practice and the team had not done any off season training during the summer. He said, “We all worked all summer so we never had any sort or liftings or team work.” Although there was no team lifting sessions the coaches did promote lifting in the offseason as well as staying in

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