Yeah people don't understand how quickly you can damage your hearing. Recoil from shooting will damage your vision as well.Now 55 and played soccer from 8-18. Road raced motorcycles 93-02. Snowboarded from 87-05 For the most part my body is in good shape. My concern is head injuries. I can’t count my concussions on two hands. The last big one caused some long term damage to my math skills. Not all were sports related. Would I do it differently knowing what I know now? Not sure.
with that said, I would not have a kid play football. Maybe hockey even though I played rec league for a few years. Risk of head injury is high even with the improved equipment.
hunting and shooting sports have their own issues as well. Even today most people have a poor understanding of how impact noise is damaging to hearing and how to protect yourself. I see too many kids at the range with poor fitting hearing protection Or not enough protection. They are doing damage that won’t be undone. I also watch fellow hunters say, it’s just one shot, what’s the big deal, then shoot 3-12 shots per year. Then wonder why they can’t hear well.
I do think kids need to do something competitive. They need to learn there is one winner And if that’s not you, work harder. People who have competed understand what it takes to be better.
All things in moderation!