Holy crap – get a load of this…

Child abuse, anyone? These kids are 8 and 9 years old. Get a load of the coaches…

WATCH: Esquire reveals scary preview to show ‘Friday Night Tykes’

Thanks-thanks-thanks to the Esquire Network for airing this. Coming up on January 14… some serious sh*t to consider.

I’m not sure where or how I’m going to see it, but I’m sure the video will go online at some time.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

5 thoughts on “Holy crap – get a load of this…”

  1. Get ready to be drawn and quartered, no need to be worried about a tbi when being critical of direct hits to the brain. Many parents and atheletes often use justifications to continue behaviors in pursuit of games that may cause harm and injury. While these justifications have many valid bases and kernals of truth to them, the risk takers overseeing the child’s activities are gaming the percentage of risk-odds for their child against the benefits to these kernals of truths and applying them throughout the life span of the child, without competent knowledge and consent of the individual. Whether tyke sports that increase the chances of tbi should auto-qualify competitive parents or legal guardians as abusers remains to be seen.

    Can the same be said for a child that wishes not to try the stairs, to stand and walk as a toddler, to cry when placed in the jimmy jump-up, to go on a carnival ride of bumper cars? How far does this abuse charge go?

    Does it stretch to all tyke and adolescent sports? To those kids that both wish/refuse to participate, or participate only at some times but not at other times? Do we include all sports or apply only to team sports?

    I believe we need a dialogue on this, parental education and open discussion before calling in child protective services. As a sports fan, a parent that involved the child in team sports when young, I do recognise we live in a litigous society where many people call for tort reform over horrendous accidents and incidents could have been prevented.

    Safety first is a great policy, forwarned being a necessity rather than casting later blame?


  2. If someone repeatedly strikes a child, causing brain damage, it’s recognized as assault. If someone shakes a baby who cannot defend itself, it’s recognized as a crime. It’s child abuse. If an adult encourages children who don’t know any better to repeatedly strike one another in such a way that physically harms them, can produce brain damage, makes them bleed, knocks them out, etc, it’s called coaching.

    I think it’s all a matter of degrees. I played plenty of sports when I was a kid, and I got roughed up a lot. It was nowhere as intense and potentially harmful as what’s being shown on this video. My coaches also weren’t ex-military who treated my teams like we were troops going to war.

    The kind of “motivation” they show is appropriate for grown men who are going off to kill and possibly sacrifice their lives for their country. It’s completely inappropriate for small children who only want to make their coaches and parents proud of them.


  3. A culture swimming in violence is not aware that slamming their padded bodies against each other in the chase after a ball, is a bad thing, when it can be so fun to do. They are beings, filled with and operating on a dopaminergic high, as well! Perhaps the organ having the most to lose in the game, is the organ most confused, the brain is pumping out the chemical and pleasurable high when success is gained in the game! It is also the organ that has no sense of self or pain, while telling the human body through the nervous system, of the pain it feels and that the embodiment of an ego exists inside.


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