Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Bulking Up to Make the Team

Recently, I watched a TV special about immense football linemen in today’s high schools, players in their teens weighing in at nearly 300 pounds. Apparently, it has become commonplace. Their girth is supposed to get them scholarships to high powered collegiate football programs and then, for some, to make it into the pros.

Some of course will reach those goals. Most, however, will not. But the price they will pay is almost certain to be serious health problems at an early age and a shortened life span.

Typically, teens aren’t known for looking very far down the road. But you have to wonder: Where are their parents and what are they thinking? Today, Junior may be hell on wheels as a high school lineman. But being beefed-up to NFL size as a teen is a prescription for early cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and arthritis, to name a few of the “perks” they can look forward to.

That’s a big price to pay, don’t you think?

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