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The disadvantages of the game of football

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It can be a dangerous game, requiring players from Pop Warner to the pros to put their bodies on the line for the good of the team. But it's also a perennial favorite for fans and players alike. Football provides specific advantages and disadvantages to those who play it, no matter what level they play. Video of the Day Learning Value of Teamwork One of the reasons that football is such a prevalent sport at high schools across the United States is that the sport instills an intense sense of teamwork to accomplish a common goal.

The lessons of shared responsibility, of each player putting his body on the line for the benefit of his teammates and that selflessness are important lessons learned from playing football, especially at the youth level.

  1. When former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear was appointed as the club's director of football, suspicions abound as to whether the veteran manager regarded the position as a stopping-point en route to a return to the dugout. Either way, according to the well-informed Jason Burt in the Daily Telegraph , Levy felt compelled to ask Villas-Boas whether he would consider playing two strikers, and by implication use the highly-paid Emanuel Adebayor instead.
  2. The Daily Mail have reported this week that Andre Villas-Boas only wanted to sign three of the seven players acquired by Tottenham in the summer transfer window. Sixteen years after the launch of a breakaway top tier, another landmark decision could revolutionise the face of football.
  3. A person in this role might be more inclined to eschew the opportunity to hand that journeyman forward one last pay day and instead invest in a teenage talent with long-term potential. This is someone with a knowledge of football who can put a heavy emphasis on player recruitment and have an eye on the two transfer windows for 12 months a year.
  4. Such injuries can be painful and may require significant time for rehabilitation.

Promoting Physical Fitness Football is a physically demanding sport, no matter what position you play. It requires strength, speed and agility, and many football teams train year-round.

Training for football involves strength training, drills that develop forward, backward and lateral agility, cardiovascular fitness and overall endurance. In-season training is often a six-day-per-week program that also includes significant practice time. Offseason training often involves three to four days per week of training, with a greater focus on improving strength and endurance and less on football-specific drills. Football training is an excellent, total-body method for getting in and staying in shape, as long as you don't get injured.

Injury Risk is Real The major disadvantage to playing football is the high risk of injury. Even with every possible safety precaution followed to the letter, scrapes, bruises, sprains, joint dislocations, broken bones and concussions are all possible on any play.

  1. Injury Risk is Real The major disadvantage to playing football is the high risk of injury.
  2. No longer would a club be plunged into full-blown crisis by the simple act of changing a coach and the paralysis sometimes evident during transition periods can be minimised. Stockpiling talent will help the balance sheet but not necessarily the cash flow or the team itself.
  3. Football provides specific advantages and disadvantages to those who play it, no matter what level they play. Whilst the relationship between director of football and head coach can be a virtuous one, there can be no denying that it can go badly if the lines of communication - and demarcation - are not clear.
  4. It isn't difficult to appreciate that David Moyes might have benefited from a bit more help at Manchester United in the summer. The game must never forget its roots.

Although the rules of most leagues at every level make a concerted effort to mitigate the risk of any of these injuries, the physical and often violent nature of the game make it difficult to remove entirely. Such injuries can be painful and may require significant time for rehabilitation.

Time Commitment Drawback Another disadvantage to playing football is that the sport requires a significant commitment of time. Often, during the season a player's schedule revolves entirely around the team -- practices, gym workouts, games, film breakdown -- and it makes life considerably more hectic. Also, many of the other things you may want to do often have to take a backseat to football, because the team depends on each player to give total dedication to the process.