Football Players More Explosive Than 10 Years Ago

Football players are known to have higher heart rates than other athletes. They play with high energy levels, they run around like crazy and they do it for long periods of time. All these factors make them very dangerous when playing football at any level. One reason why football players are so much more likely to suffer from injuries is because their bodies require a lot of oxygen while performing strenuous activities such as running or jumping over a wall. If they don’t get enough oxygen, then they will feel dizzy, faint or even die.

In order to maintain the proper amount of oxygen in their blood stream, football players need to breathe through their mouths rather than just holding their breath. When they do this, the air goes into their lungs and out of their mouth at a faster rate than normal. This results in a slight increase in heart rate (HR). However, if the HR exceeds 150 beats per minute (bpm), then they could experience a condition called Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) which is characterized by irregular heartbeat. VF can lead to death.

The average human heart produces about 60 – 70 bpm and has a lifespan of between 20 – 40 years. At 140 bpm, it would take approximately 2 minutes for the heart to stop beating completely due to lack of oxygen supply.

If you are able to measure a football player’s HR during practice or during a match, then you will notice that it exceeds the normal resting level by quite a bit. Most athletes only experience an HR of 80 – 90 bpm when they are playing their chosen sports. A simple strategy that you can use to prove this is to measure the resting HR of various football players before and after they train. You will find that their HR increases significantly after training. This implies that the human body was not designed to run around and play football for hours at a time.

These factors are especially prominent in sportsmen that are required to train 6 days per week, such as professional football players. There is a fine line between high-intensity training and over-training. Even though these players are rewarded financially and feel the love and respect of thousands of fans, their bodies are suffering from a lifetime of wear and tear.

Do you think that the average human body was designed to play football?

The average lifespan of an NFL player is 55 years old. It is common for them to suffer from arthritis, muscle tears, brain disorders and heart attacks before they reach middle age. This condition has been described as football player syndrome. When a player is in their 20s, their body is still able to bounce back from the physical impact of the game and recover well enough to play again the next week. When they reach their 30s and beyond, this begins to change. Injuries take longer to heal and they are more prone to suffer from permanent damage.

In my humble opinion, the human body was not designed for professional sports.

It is true that some people can defy statistics and play for many years without suffering major consequences. However, many others do suffer permanent damage and are unable to play at all after their short-lived careers.

We can learn something from these superhuman athletes. They are able to excel in their chosen fields due to the amount of effort, skill and training that they put into their sport. It is no different than any other human activity. If you want to excel at something, then you need to work hard at it.

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However, I believe that God designed our bodies with a limit as to how much we should ask it to do. When we exceed that limit, then it will have serious consequences for our health in the long-term .

It is simple cause and effect.

This also brings up the issue of sports and children.

Should children be allowed to play certain contact sports like football or hockey?

There are cases of children dying on the sports field or during training. The parents of these children often defend their actions by saying that they believe their children’s lives were cut short because of bad luck or a freak accident. This may be true in some cases. However, I believe that many times parents place their children in situations that they would not put themselves in.

The adult ego often prevents us from seeing things from the perspective of a child. Most adults would not dream of going to work and taking their chances of getting killed doing their job. They would quit if they felt their life was at risk under those working conditions.

Children do not have this same luxury. They do not have a choice in the matter; they must go to school if they want to succeed in life. It is often the case that children from low-income families must work to help support their families or they would risk going hungry. Children also depend on their parents for transportation and must go where Mom and Dad say they are going, when they are going there.

If you or I were in that situation, we could quit our job or move to a new location if we felt our lives were at risk. Children are not in the same position as us. They must endure a dangerous situation if they want to succeed in life.

Most children would not dream of going on a job interview where they would have to shake hands with people because they know that person is likely to squeeze very hard just to see if they can make them wince in pain. They would not dream of going on a school field trip where their bus could get hit by a drunk driver. They would not dream of playing a game like hockey or football where they could suffer from a concussion or broken bone. However, unfortunately some children are forced to endure these dangerous situations on a daily basis.

Does this mean that children should never be allowed to play sports?

Of course not. Sports can teach children valuable lessons about effort, teamwork and self-discipline.

However, I believe that adults should place the same restrictions on children that they would place on themselves if they were in the same situation.

If you would not allow yourself to play a sport because of the safety concerns, then you should not allow your children to do so either.

If your children want to play sports, then find a way to reduce the risk of them getting hurt. For example, there is no reason why your children should play a game like football if there are enough boys to have two teams. Most of the time when children play tackle football, a lot of them end up getting hurt. The risk does not outweigh the benefits in that situation.

It is also your job as a parent to teach your children about safety. If they want to ride a bike, it is your job to teach them how to do so. Sometimes children get hurt on a bicycle even when their parent teaches them how to do it safely. This is why I think children should only be allowed to ride bicycles on paths or in parks where there are no cars present.

However, some children do not have that luxury. They may not have a park nearby or there may be no separation between the road and the bike path. Or perhaps they live in the country and must ride a bike on a country road to get anywhere. In these situations, there is only so much you can do to protect your children.

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Children must learn these lessons on their own and sometimes the consequences are dire.

I understand that it is frustrating when children get hurt. Sometimes it even seems unfair. However, this is life. We as humans must endure hardship if we want to succeed in life.

When a person graduates from school, they will need to find a job. Sometimes this process is easy and sometimes it is very difficult.

However, the first step is always going to be a job interview. A person will not get a job without ever going through a job interview. If they try to avoid the process, they are not going to succeed as easily. A person must endure this hardship in order to succeed in life.

Your child wants to ride a bike or do some other physical activity. They will need to learn how to do this safely. This is your child’s first job interview. You need to let them interview for the position of “bike rider” just like someone needs to interview for the position of “rocket scientist” or “brain surgeon” or any other position that requires extensive training in order to perform it properly.

This is no different than any other challenge that your children will face in life. You must teach them that the world will not give them anything. They must earn it through hard work and dedication.

I believe your child can do this and I know you will be there to help them every step of the way.

As your son learns to ride his bike, I want you to remember this:

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You will also learn to ride a bike. It just takes practice and dedication.

You may not always see progress, but you will see the finished product.

Your children will always need your guidance and support. They will never stop needing you or your love, but at some point they will learn to stand on their own two feet and face the world on their own…

Just like you did.

Love always,


Your father looks in your eyes and hands you the letter to read.

“Oh, I don’t know Dad…”

“Your mother and I will be in the kitchen while you make your decision dear.”

He walks out of the room as your mother follows behind. You’re not sure what they’re talking about, but it’s probably nothing too important. They just want to give you some space I guess.

You take a moment to collect your thoughts on the situation at hand.

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What do I really want to do here?”

You ask yourself.

You’ve played all the scenarios in your mind. One of them involves listening to what your parents have to say, another involves ignoring their advice, and the last one involves doing exactly what they say.

Last time you listened to them, you ended up getting grounded for two weeks because you were caught sneaking out of the house at night. That was not a fun experience.

Well… actually it was, but you still wouldn’t want to do it again.

Last time you didn’t listen to them, you and your friends went to the city park to hang out. You didn’t get into too much trouble, but a lot of weird stuff happened that you’d just as soon forget.

Then there’s option C, which is doing exactly what they say. Normally that would be the safest bet, but for you it seems to always end up with you in the most trouble.

For instance, if you follow your parents advice and not go through with this plan, you will no doubt hear about it later. You’ll get another long lecture on how teenagers are supposed to push boundaries and test limits.

Will they really say that to you?

Maybe, maybe not.

Regardless of what they say, you know in your heart it will be true. I mean you are a teenager and your instinct is to push limits and break rules…well at least some rules.

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Getting back to the point, if you not go through with this plan then you also run the risk of them putting more restrictions on your life. I.E. No hanging out with Caroline on the weekend or something like that.

Or they could just flat out say, “Ok, you’re not old enough to go out without supervision, so we will accompany you and your friends on your outings from now on.”

Gulp…that would be worse than just staying home.

You could see them doing something like that, and it would be the nail in the coffin as far as any sort of fun whatsoever.

Then there’s the last option. You could go through with the plan and see what happens.

Going through with it obviously has risks, but they may be risks you’re willing to take given all the options you have here.

You really don’t like the idea of your parents following you around all the time, that would severely cramp your style, and it’s not like you’d be able to change their mind either. The only way you’d be able to shake them is if you ran away from home, and since you don’t have a destination in mind, that wouldn’t do you any good.

They’re going to be so pissed at me…

You think as you flip the coin in the air while thinking of which choice is least likely to get you grounded for life.

“Come on… heads or tails?” You silently say to yourself.

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Nice! You got the result you wanted.


Your mom asks, not knowing that you just came to a life changing decision a moment before she called heads.

“Yeah…uh…tails!” You say with a bit of hesitancy, trying to play it off as if you were actually uncertain about your choice.

The coin flips through the air and heads straight down, its shiny side landing squarely in front of you.

“Well, you lost son… and heads~~!” Your mom exclaims while giving your dad a high five.

You stare at the coin with the Grim Reaper symbol staring back at you. You can’t believe it.

“Looks like you’re grounded young man!

What do you have to say for yourself?”

Your dad asks in a now cheery tone as he smacks your hand away when you reach for the remote.

“But… but the coin…”

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