A Responsibility to Make the Game Stronger

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

It’s easy for a coach to become consumed by what’s best for his particular team. We encourage all coaches to take a moment to think about what’s best for the sport.

There’s no denying that football is on the decline at the high school level.

The number of high school football players dropped by 25,901 participants in 2016-17, according to a report by National Federation of State High School Associations.

Still, the manner in which we process that decline is a matter of perspective. There are those that will look at the increased awareness of concussions and other safety concerns and say that football is dying. On the other hand, others will ignore the recent influx of scientific evidence pointing to the dangers of football and say that the sport has never been stronger.

Our perspective falls somewhere in the middle.

We love football and realize many others do too. Football still had the highest number of overall participants among all high school sports in 2016-17, with 1,086,748 in total last season. An additional 61 schools added football to their athletic offerings in 2016-17.

Football provides life lessons for over a million high school players each year.

That being said, the sport can be made safer through advances in science, medicine and technology. We will share people that are at the forefront of making the game stronger.

Do you have a thought about this article that you would like to share? If you do, email managing editor Dan Guttenplan at dguttenplan@ae-engine.com. Tweet us @fnfcoaches.