Tanishq compares the rate of the injuries

                                                                          Tanishq Hegde            10.6                   701 words Dear Kimberly Leonard,                                           I am an avid reader of your pieces of text and I can’t express how honored I am being able to write this letter. I have written this letter as a response to the article that was posted on the Us news on 12th September 2016 which spoke about ” soccer becoming an increasingly dangerous sport”. With all due respect, I strongly believe that this is a falsified statement and therefore I have some points which I feel you must take into account before asserting this as your conclusion. The primary goal of writing this letter has not been to prove you wrong but to prevent you from discouraging your readers to participate in this sensational sport because of a false statement.The article was introduced to the readers, by a study from the journal Pediatrics which proved that the number teens who play soccer are getting injured at a much higher rate than they were 25 years ago, which I do realize isn’t very reassuring for parents. But primarily, I feel the study should have also taken into consideration the fact that  soccer is a sport with a large fan following, therefore there is a drastic increase in the number of active participant in this sport, which was 1.21 million in 1985 in the US  and is currently 3.055 million which is a staggering difference. Considering these numbers it is inevitable for the injuries to not have increased.One of the points that stood out in the article was that there is a 78% increase in the number of soccer-related injuries treated in the emergency department compared to 1990. Yes, this statement again compares the rate of the injuries to 1990’s but I feel I have already made that point therefore now I would compare how the emphasis put on soccer-related injuries isn’t very suitable as soccer is considered to be a relatively safer sport compared to other sports such as American football and basketball. This study was developed by the Department of Paediatrics of Ohio which stated that the overall injury rate of soccer is 1.7 per 1000 people, the research also stated that football players are twice as likely to be injured as soccer players.Finally, the article is concluded by saying that young players should avoid heading the ball as it can affect the brain which in my opinion is false. This article, first of all, does not give a detailed explanation for the statement, therefore upon further research I found out that a test was conducted on a selected number of professional soccer players who played in the late 20th century who was known for heading the ball often, these results concluded by stating that heading the ball does indeed affect the brain and therefore the theory of players avoiding heading the ball was created. According to me, I do not think this is accurate as the test was conducted on professional players who played in the late 90’s which would not link to the present, as the overall weight and the materials of the ball have been changed since then. According to a deeper research of the late 90’s the soccer balls  I found out the ball used was ‘Etrvsco Unico’ which was made up of leather and didn’t have any cushions whereas the balls now such as the ‘Fracus knock out phase’ is made out of syntactic foam and have been cushioned.  Thus according to my beliefs, the changes made to the ball make heading the ball safe and if any further acquisitions have to be made the study must be conducted again with the latest soccer balls. There were some good points made throughout the article such as the safety tips, that enlightened the reader that a vast number of injuries due to a lack of sufficient warm-ups which in my opinion is very accurate. But overall I feel the article was not very authentic and maybe giving fallacious data to a vast number of readers which will reduce the fan following for the sport which I suppose isn’t the primary objective of the article.


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