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Some schools ban tag, touch football, and soccer, because they're "dangerous."

Old 06-30-06, 04:44 AM
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Some schools ban tag, touch football, and soccer, because they're "dangerous."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...ess-bans_x.htm

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'Not it!' More schools ban games at recess

6/27/2006

By Emily Bazar, USA TODAY

Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from school playgrounds because educators say they're dangerous.

Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., banned tag at recess this year. Others, including a suburban Charleston, S.C., school, dumped contact sports such as soccer and touch football.

In other cities, including Wichita; San Jose, Calif.; Beaverton, Ore.; and Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., schools took similar actions earlier.

The bans were passed in the name of safety, but some children's health advocates say limiting exercise and free play can inhibit a child's development.

Groups such as the National School Boards Association don't keep statistics on school games.

But several experts, including Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety, verify the trend. Dodge ball has been out at some schools for years, but banning games such as tag and soccer is a newer development.

"It's happening more," Thompson says. Educators worry about "kids running into one another" and getting hurt, she says.

In January, Freedom Elementary School in Cheyenne prohibited tag at recess because it "progresses easily into slapping and hitting and pushing instead of just touching," Principal Cindy Farwell says.

Contact sports were banned from recess at Charles Pinckney Elementary early this year, says Charleston County schools spokeswoman Mary Girault, because children suffered broken arms and dislocated fingers playing touch football and soccer.

Some schools that ban games at recess allow children to play them in gym class under supervision.

Critics of the bans say playing freely helps kids learn to negotiate rules and resolve disputes.

"They learn to change and to problem-solve," says Rhonda Clements, an education professor at Manhattanville College.

Joe Frost, emeritus professor of early childhood education at the University of Texas-Austin, sees playground restrictions as harmful.

"You're taking away the physical development of the children," he says. "Having time for play is essential for children to keep their weight under control."
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I think kids today exercise far too much as it is.
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I am shocked that children are still allowed to have 'recess'. Every injury that kids got when I was that age was caused by it. Children are safest when they have sitting quietly contests.
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Let them watch other people play games on TV. There's much less chance of injury that way.
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The reports for injuries were sponsored by EA (makers of Touch Madden 2007) and Activision (Tony Hawk's Tag, You're It: Extreme).
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I think they should play poker at recess.
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I think they should play poker at recess.
Well, according to ESPN it's a sport.

Dominos is also another viable sport for them.
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Well, according to ESPN it's a sport.

Dominos is also another viable sport for them.
Slow down there, Evel Knievel -- those dominoes can have pretty sharp corners. Someone might get hurt!
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When are they going to figure out that the school system can't be fixed, and just give up?

Tag is dangerous? sheesh!
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Slow down there, Evel Knievel -- those dominoes can have pretty sharp corners. Someone might get hurt!
Exactly, and can you imagine the paper cuts coming from playing poker? It's too horrible to even think about.
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You can't let them play video games, either, they might get carpal tunnel.

Better just keep them in a padded bubble until they are 18.
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You can't let them play video games, either, they might get carpal tunnel.

Better just keep them in a padded bubble until they are 18.
Too expensive. I'd prefer a program of mandatory sterilization to prevent the little monsters in the first place. We can grow the replacements we need in vats or something, and decant them at maturity.
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There's always competitive eating...Which should be a perfect sport for our youth now.
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Educators worry about "kids running into one another" and getting hurt, she says.
It's better to learn collision avoidance on the playground than in the street.
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When I think of how I risked death riding a bike without a helmet, climbing trees without a net or something under them, stubbed my toes and scraped my knees without my parents filing suit against some slob for the capital offense of having a concrete driveway with a curb ... gee, it's a wonder I lived past 1973.
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Better yet we shouldn't even have kids becuae 99.999% of their injuries occur once they leave the womb. Lets protect them by not having them =D
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
When I think of how I risked death riding a bike without a helmet, climbing trees without a net or something under them, stubbed my toes and scraped my knees without my parents filing suit against some slob for the capital offense of having a concrete driveway with a curb ... gee, it's a wonder I lived past 1973.

Despite past differences, this is one post of yours I wholeheartedly agree with (though I wasn't born till 1974 ) I would spend summers with family in West Virginia and always came home with scrapes, bumps, bruises and once a black eye.
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I remember the days of riding in the back of pickup trucks. You'd be arrested today if you let your kids ride in the back of a pickup.
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Touch football is dangerous. Seriously, I broke my nose playing touch football in my high school PE class. I ran into some guy's elbow and shattered my nose like a busted watermelon. At least, I got out of school for the rest of the day.
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When are they going to figure out that the school system can't be fixed, and just give up?

Tag is dangerous? sheesh!
I'm so with you here, Mrs. D. Shoot, my sister broke her ankle at school jumping off the swings and she turned out just fine. Next they're going to tell us that playground equipment is dangerous???
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Kids still get recess? C'mon, just read a book about kids having recess. Oh yeah, kid could get a paper cut. Just play a books-on-tape about kids reading about kids having recess. Be safe, be quiet.

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I guess dodgeball is out also. Do kids still play "smear the queer"? We used to play that everyday at recess. Basically there is one ball and whoever has it is the "queer." Everyone else tries to tackle him until he either throws the ball away (pussy) or gets tackled and someone else grabs the ball.
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Yeah, recess usually was when people got hurt from sports and got in fights.

I've always thought that the school day should be cut shorter to maybe like 4 hours. When I was in private school, there wasn't an all-out recess, we only had PE for one class at a time which I think is a bit better and safer.
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4 hours?! The public school days (and school year) are ridiculously short as it is (what is it - 6.5 hours?). My private school (for high school) was 8-5 and 8-4 for the lower grades.
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