November 2nd, 2012
01:00 PM ET

School board member wants football ban

By John Martin, CNN

(CNN) - A New Hampshire school board member says that he wants to ban football in his district. Paul Butler, a retired surgeon and first-term board member for the Dover school district, says that the risks of injury in the sport are too great. "I think it's bad to take this away I certainly do. But it's worse to let it continue," Dr. Butler told CNN affiliate WHDH.

The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t just call football a contact sport. The medical group also refers to it as a collision sport, because participants routinely slam into each other or into the ground.

AAP released updated guidelines in 2010 on dealing with head injuries in children, recommending that some student-athletes retire from football after multiple concussions or if symptoms from a concussion last longer than three months.

The medical group doesn’t say young people shouldn’t play varsity football, which is what it said about youth boxing in 1997.

Some parents say there are benefits to playing on the gridiron. "I think there's a lot of positive things you can get from playing football. A lot of good lessons kids learn, teamwork, working together for a common goal," Harold Stephens says in the video above.

The National Federation of State High School Associations is the rule-making body for many high school sports and activities. According to NFHS's web site, research shows that students who participate in “more vigorous sports,” including football, do better than their peers in some subjects, including math and science.

The organization says it recognizes the significance of brain injuries in sports. "The NFHS has been the leader among national sports organizations in establishing guidelines to deal with concussions," the organization says on its web site. NFHS says that more than 200,000 people have taken its online course on concussions, which can be accessed for free at www.nfhslearn.com.

Dr. Butler, who played football in high school and college, told CNN Radio that he's concerned about potential lawsuits over football injuries. "My worry is that if we have this information....about how dangerous concussions are, and we continue to fund the program, it seems to me that we are encouraging something that is morally and ethically wrong. It could put a school at financial risk so we don't have enough money to educate the children," Dr. Butler said.

We want to know your thoughts. Would you let your child play football? Why or why not?

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  1. CameroninTX

    No way banning football. I understand that everyone is all uptight about that damn liability issue which seems to take precedence over everything today. So if a parent and child want to play the sport, just have them sign a no harm form that relieves the district of any liability. Any parent that would sue a district over a sports injury is a jerk of a parent and just looking for money and are losers in my opinion anyway. I don't support this NH school board dude's desire for a ban. He's just another overly extreme ruiner of fun.
    I had a concussion twice. Once from losing control of my sled and slamming into a tree and once when the inner tube I was on flew out from under a group of us tubing down a snowy hill. I'm fine. I am functioning well and have no long term brain damage from my youthful days in the snow. I hope this guy is a lone representative in the ban on football. Who needs guys like him anyway. The calculated benefits of excelling as an athlete far outweigh the calculated potential injuries that MIGHT occur

    November 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  2. Mark Ansdell

    Seems to me there is a lot of discussion about how the US is becoming soft, and this doctors opinion isn't valid. There is clear evidence concussions lead to poor outcomes, which the legal teams will have an opportunity to cash in. As a doctor I believe dr butler is an ideal candidate to give an opinion regarding medical liability. This issue is a sticky one, and will not go away anytime soon. A disclaimer would be of little value. It will be interesting to see what happens.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  3. stan roselle

    Let's use our heads to move forward as a intelligent society, not to violently bash forward against each other for the "fun" of primitive "victories." Wake up now– before one your sons can't wake up whole ever again.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  4. Get out Doc

    Better ban soccer. Ban basketball. Ban martial arts. Ban gymnastics. Heck, ban everything. All these sports can cause a head trauma. Falling down in the isle at the grocery store can too. Better ban grocery shopping. This is exactly the kind of knee jerk reaction that leads to over regulation. Millions upon millions of athletes have played football with no lingering physical affects. So after your bowl of granola, after you vote for Obama, just lock yourself in your home doc.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Hawkeye

      Better ban academics, too: eye strain, low self-esteem if you get a bad grade, potential suicides – I was right – school did suck all those years!

      November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Yankeefan

        Pathetic analogy. I'm a huge professional football fan but dangers of playing the sport are starting to turn me off. Just google the lawsuits that are popping up by former NFL players. The life of a former NFL player is plagued by crippling injuries, arthritis and other problems related to concussions (like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other brain related problems). Their life expectancy is almost 10 years less than the average American. Couple that point with the fact that these guys are fairly wealthy (wealthy people have a longer average life expectancy) and this sport could be cutting even more than 10 years from their life

        November 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Casandra

      Actually, Soccer has as almost as much head trauma as football. Apparently, little girls skulls are not thick enough to take the constant heading of the ball and are getting 100s of micro concussions.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Matthew

      What does voting for Obama have anything to do with this. You look just as dumb as him

      November 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
      • Al Sanchez

        He says Obama because Democrats are THE most politically correct and sue happy people. It's a fact! I'm a Democrat–well, former one, now Independent. When one is born we are subject to trauma in many ways - let 'em play!!

        November 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • mike7

      Football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading.... ALL of these are a precious waste of money (for the school district, taxpayers and parents)
      When all of these young kids get out of school and realize that all of their wins and loses do not matter, and never did matter, they will be shocked.

      Who cares if someone was a cheerleader and forced their parents to spend $10,000 of their future educational money to pursue a stupid pasttime? I care!!!

      I will always REGRET putting money into sports and cheerleading, because now I cannot afford to put my children through college. They need an education, not spending time playing silly games that do not have any worth

      If in doubt, just ask yourself if the word GAME is in amy of these "sports". If GAME is part of it, do not sacrifice your children's educational future so they can play and waste their time.
      They can stay home and play monopoly or cards.. these too are simple games. But, they will not keep your children out of college.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • Brian

        As a former high school athlete with an MEd, I can tell you that the money you spent on your child in athletics was not a waste. Sports absolutely teach about the value of teamwork and helps students develop a strong work ethic.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • wend528

      Unfortunately, whether you hear about it or not, most football players end up with brain injury at one time or another. 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year in the U.S. No they are not always diagnosed right away but the effects are often seen. It would be nice if this could be avoided.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Darth Cheney

      How ironic that your post criticizes knee jerk reactions.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  5. Sarah

    Doesn't make sense didn't we invent football so it would be safer to play then rugby???

    November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Michael

    Just more of the pussification of America

    November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Adannis

      Hahaha, I like that Michael "pussification".... Hell driving can cause head trauma too, be it your fault to cause an accident or another motorist – do wedare ban that? This guy obviously just want some attention – and obviously NEVER played sports; maybe golf or crikett.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • Tom, Ton, the Other One

        Driving has a practical purpose, football does not. The fact you think they are equivalents just shows how moronic fanatics are.

        November 5, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  7. markus

    Good idea Doc. I have a few more suggestions. Ban doctors because once in a while you guys screw up. Oh, and ban driving cars to school because people tend to get into accidents. I guess you could trip walking to school too...

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  8. larry5

    Ban school buses. More students get hurt and killed in school buses than in all sports activities put together. If Obama is going to get re-elected these football players should learn more relevant skills like bowing, apologizing and the correct way to use an EBT card. The idea of playing football and getting ahead by hard work is against everything the Obama Administration stands for.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Name*JP

      Hey and if Romney gets elected they at least will have a job after HS. Granted it'll be in China.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
      • mike7

        Mitt Romney is the only hope WE have!! Of America surviving the financial desruction that Obama has brought upon us.
        You youngsters had better hope and pray that Romney wins this election. IF Romney loses, your entire life will be wasted paying for Obama's obamanation of the USA

        It's the poor children and their children that will spend everythign they have just to get by on bread and water. Obama is a socialist and desires everyone to be equal. Look what that did for North Korea and the USSR. Socialism does not work.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • Al Sanchez

        You're just very misinformed. Please, vote for Obama and pay the consequences! I voted for that haircut - no results!!

        GO ROMNEY!!!!

        November 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Adannis

      Larry you pal Romney won't save America (even w/10 terms), and the Obama admin didn't invent welfare/foodstamps pal – go back in history and see WHO did.
      Wonder why the British press calls Romney "Mitt the Twit".... Cause he is just that – an idiot!

      November 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
      • Al Sanchez

        You trust the British to make our decisions?!?!? That's the reason the Pilgrims escaped from them!! You're stupid!

        GO ROMNEY

        November 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • sam

      Why the hell do you have to make this about politics?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Darth Cheney

      Even your straw men have straw men.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  9. al b

    maybe just stay home and play video games- kids got to live and that comes with chances but still better than sitting around

    November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  10. Stankeye

    Maybe we could just have them line up and bake cupcakes, then comb the hair on their Ken dolls.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • markus

      Oh Ken I do miss you!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  11. waves

    I sort of agree with the doctor on this one. I love football, but it is an extremely damaging sport and in the end, we all end up paying increased insurance premiums. All the positives "team work, commitment", etc. can be obtained through other activities.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Rick

      Sissy! How old are you? Are you a male? We played football when i was young, no padding, no helmets. Did some of us get hurt occasionaly? Yep. Part of growing up!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
      • Brian

        So Rick you liked the pain and male bonding it seems.. you were into the after game showers and one on one coach rub downs that were your little secret as well...

        November 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • al

        You must have been hit once too many times in the head.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
      • Al Sanchez

        Don't listen to DEAR BRIAN below . . . he tries to make everything a gay thing . . . .Brian - get back in the shower sweetie.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Vader

      Grow a pair, would you?

      November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Wor

      Might as well ban cheerleading. There are more injuries that occur with cheerleading than in football.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  12. brent

    This is ridiculous. Hey kids you can't play football while your in high school but the day you graduate you can sign a contract that will enable you to go to foreign countries and possibly be killed. Let kids and their parents decide what is best for them and the rest of you leave it be. And art and music people what do you think fund your programs.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Rick

      Our boosters fund our music dept. Not sure what your district does. lots of work. It costs lots of money to support the band programs.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Hawkeye

      Property taxes fund sports; and booster clubs. Sports in K-12 are money losers; football is the biggest sinkhole.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  13. NannyState

    Pansies, Pansies everywhere. Ban walking, jogging and running. Little johnny might fall and hurt his toes.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Rick

      Exactly. Your children are supposed to get their black eyes and bloody noses. Its how they learn and grow into leaders. We can't shelter them from everything. When you do that, you grow a nation of whimps.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
      • john

        I played football with friends, I got hurt. It was part of the fun. Seems to me, the way to become a leader now, is to be a great liar, make a lot of promises and give rich people more tax breaks. But, you must continue to lie about it. Just my obnoxious opinion.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Baracka Flocka Flame

      or even worse, he might be walking and all the ligaments in his knees might explode into a million peices!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  14. Rocket

    It's not football. IT'S STEELERS FOOTBALL!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  15. mike

    Football and other sports develop teamwork, leadership and discipline. They provide an after school activity for kids who may otherwise have nothing else to do. This helps to keep kids out of trouble and provides a chance to exercise, while building positive qualities. It is necessary for society to develop these traits while the kids are young so they may develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Linda

      How about flag football? Just as much fun, same skill set, and everyone benefits. I think that is a great compromise.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • Cyborg6971

        No its not the same skill set. If your being sarcastic ha, if not you have no clue what your talking about.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
      • mike

        It's really not the same skill set. I do not completely disagree with you about the lessened injuries in flag football, but I will pose the following argument:

        Most of the head injuries happen for one of two reasons:
        1. Poor technique – Proper tackling form leads with the shoulder and uses the arms to wrap the opponent and bring them down. A lot of the severe head and spinal injuries you see these days are due to the tackler leading with the head or the player being tackled improperly (helmet to helmet). In other contact sports such as rugby and Australian rules football you do not see these injuries despite the absence of padding. I believe the reason for this is that the players must be more aware of how they are using their bodies to avoid injury (and hurt the team by them not playing).

        2. Lack of conditioning –especially in the shoulders and neck. Some new studies have shown that strengthening the neck and shoulder muscles may reduce concussions. While I'm not a doctor, I can assume that with a stronger neck, the neck will not be as apt to whiplash and keep the brain more stable inside its cavity.

        As with all sports, there will be injuries. Hell, even golfers (beer and golf carts anyone?) gymnasts (Sang Lan) and cricketers (Mark Boucher) get catastrophic injuries.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • Vader

        No, it's not "just as much fun". The only reason to play flag football is in a co-ed league so you can play grab-a$$ with the cute blond on the other team.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  16. Myto Senseworth

    When they are 18 and no longer minors, let them play. As long as they are under age....no

    November 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  17. Rick

    Go fix all the violence in the middle east first, Then come back and I might listen to you about football. There are much bigger fish to fry.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Whizerd67

      It's an easy fix for the "violence in the Middle east"...
      Tell the U.S. Troops to turn the boats and planes and equipment and themselves out of the area.
      The violence will almost certainly all-but disappear! The one's in charge of all the BS going on will pause enough to let real people do what needs to be done to get rid of the greed and all that...then restructure....
      anyway....

      No football in High School?? Nah...I can't say I'm for that either...and there certainly are way more and bigger fish to fry.
      Leave them alone and let them play.
      I figure someone is griping about it so that they can have that money for bonus checks

      ~Blessed Be to all~

      November 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  18. Why not

    Why not try to ban soccer too? I remember reading an article not too long ago that there are about the same amount of concussions in soccer as in football.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Footballer

      Yes, but in soccer most of the "injuries" are from dives when nobody's around. Take the Italians, for example...

      November 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  19. Wayne

    Shouldn't the decision be up to parents? When are we going to put our foot down with schools and remind them that parents make choices for thier children, NOT the school. I hope the citizens of Dover realize their mistake in appointing this man and vote him out the next chance they get.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • LateAgain

      Great, Wayne, let the parents decide. I agree wholeheartedly. And let those parents pay for the program as well – for the field, for the maintenance, for the coach, for the insurance required to pay off the lawsuit when one of their precious darlings does get injured. You know as well as I do that every one of these macho 'let them learn by the school of hard knocks' commenters would run squealing to the nearest lawyer when the medical bills run into the thousands of dollars.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  20. jack

    There's a reason football players do better than their peers in math and science. Performance in math and science falls along a standard Bell curve. Football players are no exception. However, with Football players, one of the tails of the curve – the tail consisting of students failing to do well – is largely cut off for football players. Why? Because teachers are changing their grades so they can play football. With the tail cut off of the Bell curve, the average performance for football players moves up, and voila! Football players do better (on average) in math and science. Only a football player could fail to see an effect this obvious.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Wayne

      You can't possibly be serious! I never got a break on any grades in school. Why not concentrate on making education worthwhile in this country instead of suggesting we do away with one of the very few positivle reasons kids have to stay in school. Your statement is unfounded and simply a dumb thing to suggest.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Wicket

      I teach high school now, and I can assure you, there is A LOT of pressure on teachers to change grades to make kids eligible.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
      • Brian

        I teach high school too, and I can assure you that there is absolutely NO pressure to alter grades.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  21. rosethornne

    Oh, sure, that'll turn out well.

    Wasn't there a south park about that very thing?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  22. Last American Man

    This entire discussion makes me nauseous. Like minded individuals will not rest until all of our children are wrapped in BPA free bubble wrap, swimming in anti-bacterial soap, and being force fed organic, free-range everything. RIDICULOUS! I am glad to have been born in a time when we, as a country, weren't full of scared and litigious individuals.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  23. bud

    Pinhead. Pinhead. I found an honest to goodness un-American Pinhead. The nanny can serve the pablum now.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  24. Squeezebox

    Public schools should be about the 3 R's, not football! People have become so obsessed with sports that they forget that schools are for EDUCATION.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Wayne

      Spoke like someone who is part of the problem, not the solution.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Levy

      agree

      November 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Rick

      You truly fail to understand all of education. Along with the 3 r's, We must also teach children how to use their hands and feet to work with their mind. A childs education is much more than just the 3 r's.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  25. Bucko in WI

    It's the lawyers (33,000 graduated per yr in USA) who have made this country sue-happy and driven the cost of medical and malpractice insurance and injury settlements into the stratosphere! If parents want their kids to play a collision sport, they should be required to sign a binding release that they won't sue if the child gets injured. Of course, some slick lawyer woukd find a way around that!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Dan Brajkovic

      Blaming the lawyers? Really? Lawyers only do what their clients ask them to do.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • danny roberts

      Sound like a spokesman for FOX news. You know, republicans sue too. Didn't Sarah Palin sue when nasty things were written about her. Didn't Newt Gingrich sue when he wasn't allowed on the Virginia ballot. Didn't Donald Trump sue Joy Bahar because she said he went bankrupt. And all these individuals like you talk tort reform, but when they get wronged, they're the first to sue. And I know. I worked as a court stenographer for 25 years. And yes, the lazy whatever you want to call them sued for what I thought was bogus stuff. But plenty of law and order cops and firefighters who call Obama the welfare president sued for workers comp pretty often too. And when they were denied, boy talk about, "I got rights". And you'de sue too Bucko if you were wronged, rightly or not

      November 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • JoeA

        Typical pathetic Democrat. There was no mention of Dems or Repubs in Buckos comment. You turned it into that. Stop listening to the voices in your head. They are lying to you.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  26. WhtRULknAt

    By this persons logic we should also ban riding in planes, trains and automablies due to the significant dangers possible in those activities, too.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Piglet

      Your logic is illogical. Humans need planes, trains and automobiles to function as a society. Football is not part of the list. Please recompute...please recompute....please recompute.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • Tom, Ton, the Other One

        This has been point out a number of times. But when arguing with religious fanatics logic seldom applies.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
      • Jason

        No, we don't need them to function, we just want them. It makes our lives easier. We survived generations without them. We just lazy since technology advanced.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • delhommed

        Can one learn the life lessons in other sports or schools activities that one would learn playing the sport of football? I don't think so. If you have never played, you don't know what its like. If schools ban football, they should also eliminate pizza, burgers, juices and cookies. Obesity is much more of a problem than any troubles presented by football! RECOMPUTE!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • srd

        You can't possibly think the reason his argument is"illogical" is because we need planes trains and automobiles but not football...his argument isn't illogical at all, it's just an unconvincing straw man argument. School him more, Sensai.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
      • Tom, Ton, the Other One

        For jason and the other slow football fans here. The point is planes, trains and automobiles to function as a MODERN society. As in they have a purpose. Something I forget you fanatical types still live in the Stone Age.

        @ srd

        You offer nothing but still.. you type.

        November 5, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Ernie

      I don't think the risk of receiving multiple concussions is as high as playing football compared to riding in a car or an airplane. Plus an adolescent brain is still developing making the risk even greater. Certainly if you want your child to play football then by all means. We need brain damaged individuals to fill the lower echelons of society.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • Linda

        No, that was a good one. I am finding all of this quite amusing. Keep up the good work everybody.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  27. Piglet

    According to MaxxPreps there are 14,445 high school football teams in America. On average there are 15 non serious, 5 serious, per team during the course of a season. That makes 216,675 trips to the doctor for the non serious and 72,225 for the serious for the entire country for the course of one season. Even if this is cut in half, realize that we are all paying through our health insurance so little Johnny can get on a field and play.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Pooh

      How many kids will play football in an open field or a backyard without proper safety equipment. What's next banning playgrounds. Let the kids play and let the doctors deal with the accidents..

      November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
      • Piglet

        More kids get hurt in organized sports than in your typical "pick up" game. I think you're safe with the playgrounds.....for now....muaaaahhh!!! : )

        November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  28. JohnM

    The good doctor is overreacting. Based upon this reasoning we need to ban all driving. In 2010 there were 33K traffic fatalities alone in the U.S. not including millions of injuries of varying degrees. Banning football is not the answer. They need to continue improving safety equipment, educate players and parents of the hazards and leave the decision to play or not up to the families.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Tom, Ton, the Other One

      Driving has a practical purpose, football does not.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • Tom, Ton, the Other One

        Of all the responses since I posted several days ago… none respond to this one.

        Telling.

        November 5, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  29. Myto Senseworth

    Putting a child in harms way is child abuse. There should be a ban. Parents allowing their children to play such sports should be charged with child abuse.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • TheOtherAnswer

      You are so lame its annoying

      November 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
      • Myto Senseworth

        Lame? Adults that were once kids playing sports like footbal are lame.....
        lame; crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Vad

        That is true. It was such a lame comment I have to wonder if it was sarcasm. If not, I would advise Myto to hug a tree, drink a herbal tea, meditate on world peace and pick up a good book on the Dalai Lama. The rest of us understand that life is worth living and not being safe all the time.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • Vader

        @Myto –

        You sir. (or madam) are an idiot.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Piglet

      Wow! That's taking it to the extreme end of the spectrum.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • BiggieSmalls

      Yes Myto and your son will be gay!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • Tom, Ton, the Other One

        Of all the things you could think of ..being gay is what comes to your mind. So are you in the closet or just a bigot?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Myto Senseworth

      @ vad.... #rd deg black belt. special forces training. Survival training. War vet....... I don't drink any kind of tea and trees are just targets....... Don't think you have an idea what I'm like. I was over 18 when I made my own decisions to do things that could put me in harms way. Children are the ones that suffer because of these spectator sports..... now go hide behind a tree....

      November 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • Jason

        I'm calling b.s. with the spec ops training. But hey, its CNN, and everyone can be a bad ass I guess.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • Myto Senseworth

        Jason... no BS, but I will agree this is CNN. Nobody ever realy knows.... I do like that people are making comments. It keeps this interesting since we all can make our statements.... Thanks.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • Vad

        Yea..BS indeed. I've never met a person in Spec Ops who felt the need to brag about it. Nice try.

        November 6, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • wolverine47

      next time you wonder why we are raising a nation full of P________ who can't compete in the real world. Read this person's comments and the answer is apparent.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • JoeA

      Your 2 cents aren't worth much! Quick, get away from your computer it may electrocute you!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  30. DNADEB

    Parents should sign off that they will not litigate in the future for problems arising from the sport. After the youngster turns 18 and plays in college, he/she should be told of all of the possibilities and sign off as well. An unexpected hit is the worst and head injuries are similar to hitting the windshield in a car collision at 25 mph. Researchers have found tau protein coating the brain in athletes who play football, box and other collision sports. This can be found in athletes as young as 18. This is the same protein found in Alzheimers patients. I am not saying it should be stopped as that would be against some one's free choice. However, you can google this and see athletes suffering from dementia in their 30s, 40s or 50s. It is basically what the gladiators did in ancient Rome - entertain while expecting an early death. don't get me wrong, I like football too but dont ignore what it is doing to people.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  31. Really

    What a joke!

    What should be banned is doctor's that won't help people because they don't have enough money. Or doctor's who schedule appointments and see the patient 90 minutes later.

    We should also banned physical education at school because kids might get a bump in class and sue the school. As Americans, these are the type of people we elect to represent groups of people. No wonder our country is in crisis.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Tom, Ton, the Other One

      Actually… the reason you see the doctor late is most often the other patients. But hey..who need facts when you are defending your religion..right?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  32. iudelt89

    If you don't want your kid to play football then steer them into something else. It is our right to choose what we want to participate in. Those who speak out against football are those who want the government to tell us what we can and cannot do. This country is about FREEDOM. Who is it hurting by playing football? It is a personal decision. Taking it away is taking away freedom of choice. I swear if you let the libs run free you won't be able to spit without someone suing you. Its pathetic how weak we have allowed society to become because of the complaints from a select few people who feel they are victims. Its really sickening. Before you propose to ban anything or enact any programs think about whether or not you are limiting someone's freedom of choice. If it is, it should not be enacted.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  33. ATC in PA

    If this doctor is truly worried about kids getting concussions then he needs to ban more than just football. As an athletic trainer in a high school I cover all sports and I see just as many if not more concussions from playing soccer or lacrosse as I do from football. Risk of injury is inherent in all sports, if you don't want to get hurt, don't play. The choice to play shoud be between the parents and their child, but they should be able to have that choice, and not have a school board member tell parents how to raise their kids. Now if he is worried about lawsuits, he needs to learn what he is talking about. The parents of ALL athletes from ALL sports are required to sign an acknowledgement of risk waiver before their child can play a sport. The waiver specifically says that there is a risk for injury by playing a sport and the school is not liable in the event an injury occurs. In PA we have even added a seperate form specifically for head injuries. His arguments are weak and it is another example of the wussification of America.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • BiggieSmalls

      I agree....It's a sign that tomorrows kids will be nothing more than drones! You see the trend now!!! Ban everything!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
      • Tom, Ton, the Other One

        Kids being drones eh? You mean like wearing uniforms from there football teams? Their parents wearing mock uniforms of their favorite football team? (almost always arbitrarily chosen based on what city one is born in or who their parents like). The drones are already here sir… and they are..YOU.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • JoeA

      Tom Ton, Did your mommy tell you you were special a lot when you were a kid?
      Just curious. A few head injuries when you were little?

      November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  34. HenryMiller

    It's not necessary to ban football in high schools–it's a simple matter of parents not letting their kids do it.

    One of my sons is sixteen and already 6'1" and benches something like 300 pounds. (He's really into weight-lifting...[insert endorsement for Bowflex here]) Not a week goes by that some football coach at his school tries to sign him up for the football team. There are a lot things my wife and I disagree about, bit one thing we do agree on is that the answer to that question is invariably "no."

    November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • TheOtherAnswer

      I bet you probably didn't switch him from baby food to kid food till he was like 10 right?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • Piglet

        You're lucky, my response to you got censored by the CNN committee

        November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  35. Brad

    The state of tort law in the United States is the problem, not football. In this country today, we have been trained to sue if anything bad happens to us. If I burn myself on your coffee, I sue you (doesn't matter that I was the dummy who spilled it), if I trip, it's not my fault I wasn't watching where I was going, it's yours for daring to have a cracked sidewalk.

    People need to accept responsibility for their own actions. If my behavior is that of a reasonable, responsible person, you shouldn't be able to sue me, and I shouldn't have to pay thousands of dollars to prove that I was blameless. Watch where you are going, rather than suing me. Accept that what you chose to do has risks, and don't sue me when the risks you should have known about hurt you.

    Take responsibility for your own actions and choices rather than trying to earn a quick buck from yur own carelessness. Every parent and student should know that athletic activities carries the risk of injury, sometimes serious injury. If the school follows well established practice, you roll the dice and take your chances.If the school does something stupid or negligent, then they are the ones who made that choice. If your child breaks the rules and gets hurt ... that's the kid's fault, not the school's.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • paulronco

      II'm all for the ban. Let them play soccer. Might just as well bring back child boxing... it builds self-confidence, increases cardiovascular strength, teaches the value of sportsmanship and commitment, blah blah. If they want to play in college, that's another story, they're adults. But the only reason getting rid of this dangerous sport in our high schools and middle schools is going to take so long is because it's so culturally entrenched, not because of any intrinsic quality that football possesses that other sports don't have.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Nick

      Brad,

      You're misunderstanding the very American tort law you're criticizing. The claim that the Doctor is worried about is the tort of negligence. If your behavior is that of a "reasonable, responsible" person, you are by definition not guilty of negligence.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Consider This

      @Brad: I am replying to you from my couch, where I have been spending most of my days and nights since 10/23. I have numerous injures from a motor vehicle accident where I stopped at a stoplight and the car behind me did not. Please explain to me how I am responsible for that.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  36. Rob

    Sure. Lets ban Alcohol and Tobacco too. They are even more dangerous if you consider the number of folks who suffer negative effects from them. Well, in the case of alcohol its already been tried. Check your history book for how that worked out.

    Bottom line is that its not up to others to make these kinds of decisions. As a physician this guy should know, that right or wrong, the decision is in the hands of the patient (or parent in this case). I find anyone who thinks they know what is best for everyone else morally objectionable. No one is making parents let their kids play football. Its a choice they make for themselves and hopefully with significant input from their child. Yes it may be dangerous, but at least the choice is theirs to make.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • agFinder

      Schools already ban alcohol and tobacco because we're not talking about what parents let kids do, we're talking about what schools let kids do. Like it or not football is a dangerous sport.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Jason

        So is damn near every other sport. Hell, driving is dangerous, walkig a side walk is dangerous.. Should we ban these things also. We are becoming a nation a wussies.We should go ahead and ban all contact sports... football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, karate, kung-fu, cross country, track and field.. The new sports for our kids should be chess, checkers, tic-tac-toe, jump rope-opps nevermind, kid might trip over the rope and get hurt.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • nk

      well said sir.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  37. jrev

    "According to NFHS's web site, research shows that students who participate in “more vigorous sports,” including football, do better than their peers in some subjects, including math and science."

    I call BS on this. Is Mitt Romney secretly their webmaster?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  38. Brian

    "Football" isn't even a real sport. The game consists of fat men falling down and laying on top of each other while unintelligent spectators swill beer. Football is one big joke when you think about it.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Rob

      You are a joke...Football requires you to be athletic and coordinated with running, catching, throwing, blocking, kicking, etc...it also teaches you discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Obviously you have never set foot on a football field in any way.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Derek

      Brian,
      What is your idea of a "real sport". This sport is teaching these kids alot. Self motivation, teamwork, social skills, and creates a bonding you can share for a life time. In no way shape form or fashion does it fit your very uneducated definition of what you think football is.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • agFinder

      Football is one of the most physically demanding sports there is. You obviously don't understand the game but suffice it to say that good plays (defensive or offensive) don't just happen. There's much, much more involved than 'give a guy the ball and chase him'. Soccer, now there's a joke 'sport'.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Patrick

        I love football, and it is obviously a much more physically demanding sport than soccer when you consider injuries. However, I love soccer as well and at 38 yrs old I still play indoor three times a week with men in their 20s. Soccer is not a joke sport. It is very demanding physically. You are constantly running, often chasing very fast guys. There are no timeouts. There is also a lot of hitting. I hit guys and get hit plenty. We ram each other into the walls (the smaller guys whine about this, but the big guys love it). It is fun and feels great. Once the game is over, you feel fantastic because you put your body to the test (or at least the test that my body can handle). There is just as much teamwork and camaraderie in soccer as there is in the "major" sports.

        For the inevitable retort of "you play soccer because you couldn't handle football", my response is "you are 100% correct." At 6ft 2 and under 190 pounds, I would not last long on a football field. I completely understand that. However, this does not make soccer a "joke" sport.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Piglet

      You forgot the drug use and how 97% of all NFL players become bankrupt after 5 years of leaving the game because their education level of a 9th grader with a college diploma can't land them a job in the working world.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Jason

        And whats your point. Pros make their own choices 98% if people who live in the 9th ward in NOLA or in Compton are addicted to drugs when they graduate high school. My stats are stupid and retarded, just like Piglets.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • TheOtherAnswer

      Your so lame its annoying.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  39. Jay

    Let's ban wars! They're far more harmful!

    *sarcasm*

    November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  40. sybaris

    all sports should be banned from high school. High school football fields today rival those of colleges.

    Just think of the money that would be saved or invested into actually developing the minds of children.

    youth sports should be left to a local league structure and funded by participants and sponsors.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Rob

      Another idiotic idea from someone that obviously was never an athlete in high school and saw the benefits from it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • agFinder

      Eliminating sports wouldn't funnel any resources into education. Most high school sports are funded by booster clubs and private donations.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  41. Domo

    Youth sports are nice but its time America focus on academics we are losing are lead in the world , if it isn't lost already.
    Something wrong when teachers are struggling with resources , and school districts are using money on sports instead of classrooms.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Vad

      You are correct. Academics should be the primary focus of schools. However, you cannot ignore the benefits of students who are involved in extra curricular activities. It is a well know fact that students who are involved do better academically than their peers. That is not even mentioning the health benefits of sports.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • toydrum

        While I will acknowledge there is some benefit to sports, that benefit goes only to a small percentage of the students in most schools, but a large amount of money goes into the football program. Maybe it is time to drop the high $ sports interscholastic sports and spend that money on programs that benefit all of the students, like intramural sports or more levels of sports that more students can (and should be required) to participate in.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • paulronco

      Even Aristotle knew that the body and mind are one. Why do you think the Greeks invented the Olympics?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  42. Gregg

    And this is why our kids will continue to turn into fat prorkers. Let's ban football, let's ban anything that could cause injuries. Soon, they will continue to suffer injuries due to gravity pulling at their bloated distended frames. This is why our kids are becoming fat, not sugary sodas, not high fructose corn syrup, not fast food, but instead, it's banning sports, closing down playgrounds because of insurance, etc.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • sybaris

      wrong.

      bad parenting enables children to grow into fat porkers

      November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • HWB

        Parents that do not allow their childrens to participate in sport grow porkers. Make them walk to school in 20 degrees temperature for 3 miles each way and see how many of them turn into porkers.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • Vad

        @HWB: That's what my Grand Daddy used to say. Except he walked up hill both ways and didn't have shoes!!

        November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Rob

        Wrong....not bad parenting....poorly educating kids on what they should or should not put into their bodies makes them fat.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • andyo

      there are many other sports you can play to not get fat while not crashing into each other to get brain dead or broken joins.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  43. Soccerdad

    Don't ban football. Ban tackle football. What's wrong with touch or flag football? Perhaps we'd be able to develop young athletes who are more agile at getting away from an opponent and don't need to be pummeled to the ground.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • J Lew

      SoccerDad, Your a tool. More kids get concussions in soccer than football. Look it up. Hitting a ball with your uncovered head is not a very smart thing nor is getting kicked in the head. Football is safer than almost any sport if properly played and taught right. Not only that, football is leading the charge on concussion awarenes, not any other sport is even close.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  44. Piglet

    Football as a designed sport is great. Take the pads away and put away the helmets and you won't have serious injuries. The game will still be played as it should but the violence is toned down considerably. Oh wait, rugby does that already.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  45. emmertdusky

    The NCAA's bum just puckered up.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  46. Vad

    Butler raises a good point about lawsuits. Should we all just sit in our houses and never risk anything over fear of a lawsuit? When did we become a society so willing to sue for everything. You don't even have to be in the right to sue. If you have more money than the other guy you can just prolong court and ruin him financially. People think we are more civilized because we have laws but I ask this question:

    Is it more civilized to settle your problems man to man and be done with it or more civilized to sue someone and leave lingering financial desperation that could last years?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Piglet

      Vad, where have you been for the past 25 years. Suing is the normal way to go to solving any problem.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Jason

      Its because we are lazy and want everything giving to us.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  47. Kyle

    If this is the Dr's stance, then he should push for the banishment of Soccer as well-equal or greater number of concussions in that sport, just not as publicized. Being a learned person, the Dr. should conduct his own investigation instead of taking the national news at its word and ignoring context.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  48. Piglet

    Bring back youth boxing and make that a school sport.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  49. asdrel

    " students who participate in “more vigorous sports,” including football, do better than their peers in some subjects, including math and science"
    When I was in high school I was in AP history, math, and science courses. Not a single member of the football team was in any of those classes. I admit that is a very narrow cross section, but I would be delighted to hear more about the studies cited and whether or not they have been corroborated by a secondary source.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Marty

      Same when I was in High School. Athletes were never in anything other than the most basic of classes. Even then, they were given grades just good enough to continue playing their silly games.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • Russ

        That's funny because I was in football, wrestling and track. I was also on the student senate, in the key club and a boys state representative. I was in all of the honors classes our high school had and went on to honors classes in college. Our Valedictorian was a volleyball player and cheerleader and our Salutatorian was the starting Quarterback for our school our junior and senior years. Half, if not more, of the honors students in our graduating class played in at least one sport. Most of us participated in two or more. Many of my friends in honors at College were the same. Say what you will. We all credit our sports participation for aiding our success.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • Vader

        Another lame-headed generalization.

        I played football, basketball, baseball and ran track from the age of 12 through 18. In football, I was a team captain, All-District (both offense and defense) 2 years and a varsity letterman 3 years.

        And before I played organized sports, I was on the sandlot, pasture, meadow or any open space we could find, playing neighborhood tackle football with no pads, no referees, and no Mommys hovering over us in case little Johnny got a boo-boo. Did I get bruised and bloodied from time to time? Absolutely, and I loved every minute of it.

        Outside of that, I was in the school drama club and annual musical revues, president of the community service club, a National Merit Scholar, took what are now called AP classes throughout with a 3.9 GPA out of 4.0 (darn Calculus III), and served as class vice-president and on the student council. In addition, I was offered and received academic scholarships that covered about 1/2 of the cost of my 4 year, top ranked college education.

        Yup... I wuz just a dumb jock. Playing sports makes you stoopid.

        Jealousy, thy name is Marty.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Brian

      My son has played football every year in high school. He is now a senior. He takes AP classes and is a National Honor Society member and has been since his freshman year. Over 1/4 of the seniors on the football team fall in the same category as my son. My son has earned every grade he has recieved, there was no cushioning it for him.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  50. Ivan

    Lets ban the military while we are at it. I could get hurt doing what I VOLUNTEERED to do.

    If a kid wants to play, it is up to the parent if they do or not. When I was in high school, I was 5'2" and 95 pounds. My parents said I should not play but I wanted to, so they let me. I beared the responsibility of my actions. You know what my worst injury was? I suffered from a problem with my Achilles tendons because I eventually grew to fast for them to stretch properly. I was probably hurt more in gym class than I ever was on the field.

    People need to take responsibility for their decisions and stop suing every time something happens. Then we wouldn't have problems like this.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Jm

      Fine, but let's not allow parents to sue is something bad happens.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  51. Evert

    All of you who are not fully and morally outraged over the idea of banning football or any other activity that our society has enjoyed for more years than any of you have been alive should imdeiantly stick their head in a corner and re-examine your own insecure priorities. I have a kid who plays ball and he's a musician as well as a near Eagle Boy Scout. Education is our opportunity to give these kids the chance to have experiences in every possible endevor we can provide them. How the hell else are they going to break out on thier own and have the background to make wise dicisions if we keep protecting them from what might happen

    November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  52. Darren

    There are times that i feel that if someone complains enough we as a society will just roll over and say lets just eliminate the whole thing to avoid the problem and sooner or later that mentality is going to bite us right in the @$$. If we ban football, then when is it going to stop? In every sport you play there is the chance for injury. Whether its football, soccer, basketball, baseball etc. There is always the chance that someone will get hurt. So you tell your kids no football play soccer, have you seen the types of injuries and especially fans they have in soccer ? Basketball is just as bad when you see a player stop funny or land the wrong way and tear a ligament. Of course there are long lasting injuries after you have played a while but that is why these guys ask for so much money. If every time someone feels like something isnt right for our kids and we ban it then there will be nothing left. Education is very important, but there are some kids that use sports as a motivation to do better in school. And what about the inner city schools were the education system itself is broken? The only thing keeping these kids off the streets is some form of sports. Sports are used to help these kids go to college and actually not be a statistic ! It helps them to the education the would otherwise be impossible for them to get. But if we start to ban football it will leave the door open for someone else to say this sport is wrong or that sport is too dangerous and after that its all down hill. If you don't want your kid to play then don't have him play, but there are a lot of kids who want/ need this to help them through life. As parents we should know whats right and wrong, I may not want my kid to play football but that doesn't mean I want the option taken away from everyone else. Realize what we are doing here !

    November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  53. BornAmerican

    This country is turing into a bunch of whimps. Yes, people get hurt playing football. People get hurt driving cars and buses. Maybe this guy will want to ban all cars, buses, trucks, mopeds from school as well. What a dope.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Jm

      Seriously? Transportation is required. Playing football isn't.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Vad

        Transportation may be required but people do still get sued for transportation related things.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  54. gadzod

    Parents should be worrying about other things than football. How about those Call of Duty games rated M for Mature or those Rated R movies? No wonder why kids are shooting up schools.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • T-bone

      and who do you suppose bought those games?
      The parents did. Kids cant buy them so the parents do.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • Piglet

        and who do you suppose gets their kids involved in sports. Most of the time it's the parents that want their kid to play sports to relive their childhood while the kids just wants to hang out with his/her friends.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  55. scarf

    The biggest problem with football is that every school thinks it needs to have a huge stadium to play in. I went to school when the home field was a football field with some bleachers on the sidelines. Now, every school bond issue is for a multimilliion dollar stadium that won't be used for anything except 5-6 home games a year (and maybe a single track and field event). Meanwhile, the school itself is dropping art, music, drama, and advanced courses in science and literature because they don't have enough money. I have two doctorates and am as pro-education as anybody, but I now vote against all school bonds because they simply blow the money on non-academic luxuries.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • T-bone

      Just the ones in Texas

      November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  56. None of your business

    How about banning guns and alcohol I never read about seven people dying on a football field at the same time but I did read about a drunk driver causing a head on collision and killing seven people three of them children

    November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Piglet

      I think they did a ban on alcohol in the 20's. Only reason it came back was so the government could tax it.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • Brian

        That's incredibly ignorant. I teach history, and you're completely wrong. It was relegalized because the ban caused significantly more problems than alcohol itself.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • rob0rah

      and Marlboros

      November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  57. Dave Hinrichs

    I played football (defensive end) and enjoyed it, and have the usual aches and pains to show for it. I have a new up and coming grandson who at one year is wearing 3T shirts. I will do my best to get him interested in wrestling, track and field, baseball, and keep him off the football field. At the four high schools in town, three of the four had starting quarterbacks out with concussions last season. I don't remmber that being the case when I played, I think the game has changed since my time.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • T-bone

      The kids were out with concussions because now they test them and they error on the side of caution to the point that one hard hit and they are out of the game.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Steve in SD

      True. Kids in HS are coming from a few years of football education already, which has them making better, harder plays and, I believe, causing more injuries.
      My son's friend entered high school at 6'4", 250lbs. He was recruited straight away and started varsity nose tackle. Three months later he was out of football, out of school and hospitalized with a diagnosis of seven concussions. In three months.
      I'm all for parents making the decisions to play or not to play. If they want their kids to be exposed to that kind of risk, that's their decision. I sure wouldn't (and didn't) direct my son toward football.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  58. T-bone

    My son plyed Jr High Football and was a 4 year starter on Vasity in High school.
    His playing days are done unless he wants to play college ball as a walk on but the point is he finished school with a 4.0 GPA and is a two time State champion 1st chair Violinist.

    You want to know what my son got out of football? Friendships that will last a lifetime, and he learned how one person depends on another and that as a group they are better than they are as one.
    My boy is leaving High School in great physical condition too since he didnt go to school and sit all day just to come home and play video games all night.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • T-bone

      and i forgot to mention, his self esteem is through the roof. There is nothing out there in the real world my son doesnt believe he cant do.
      You start taking away things like football and you remove the type of things that build our kids into future leaders.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • Jonesy

        But what about the lawsuits!!! *sarcasm

        November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Piglet

        great to hear about the self-esteem but I don't think playing football has anything to do with being a good leader. You can be a good leader without playing sports

        November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Johnny

      Glad your kid has such high self esteem. When I was in school, the football players had even higher self esteem; actually, it was arrogance.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Jm

      and I counter that by saying that your son is the exception and not the rule. My wife is a teacher and do you know when she gets phone calls from parents the most? When their child is about to be off the team because of academics. I've coached Youth Baseball in my small town since my son was in T-ball and I probably know every kid on the football team pertty well. I'd say at least 2/3rds would be better served by hitting the books instead of the football field.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • Russ

        And a chunk of those 2/3rds wouldn't give a rip about even passing if they didn't have a reason to pass. If they're not passing or barely passing now what is going to make them use that extra time to focus on their grades. Not their parents or they'd be doing it already. Good idea. take away their motivation and tell the to do homework instead. That'll work out grand. I see more Call of Duty and Halo in their future.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  59. cw

    Can they still play sarcastaball?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Darren

      Great episode by the way ! example of going to far

      November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  60. sftommy

    Doctors will tell you it's unsafe to live....if you believe them then you're dead.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Jeff

      I quit listening to anything a doctor had to say when they said milk causes cancer back in the 1980's

      November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  61. Name*penguin

    I don't favor banning football, but all the positives cited by those defending the playing of the sport are not football specific. Any team sport provides those positive aspects. But if you want to make the sport safer decrease the shoulder padding. This would make the tackler less likely to make a hard hit

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  62. Vinny

    Perhaps our courts should protect schools from frivolous lawsuits by parents who signed waivers and permission slips for their kids to play sports.

    Football is a big part of America...banning it in schools is idiotic. Address the frivolous lawsuits instead. Playing sports when I was young was one of the most memorable, positive experiences in my life...as it is for most who do!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Paul

      well put

      November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Tom, Ton, the Other One

      Slavery was once a big part of America also. Just because something is there doesn’t mean it’s value at weights the cost. But then again I wouldn’t expect objective opinion from the indoctrinated.

      November 5, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  63. Jeff

    Lets ban Cars, 10 x more people get concussions from auto accidents than football

    November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Piglet

      Sir, your statement boggles the mind in which there is no real sane response.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  64. PandoraDoggl

    Take the pads and helmets away and teach the players not to tackle and block with their heads, and injuries might become more infrequent.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  65. Paul

    What a joke, I love that this doctor brings up the ever looming threat of a lawsuit, that's how you can tell that his arguments are weak. If the problem was really as bad as he claims it is, the argument against football would stand on it's own merits, but it doesn't. Injuries happen, in every sport, and in lives without sport. They are a fact of life, they won't be eliminated by banning sports that get labeled as dangerous. I played football throughout high school and college, I have nagging injuries that plague me every day and not one of them happened on a football field. The worst injury that I ever sustained happened while walking. If you follow this guys logic, many kids get hurt each year traveling to and from school, should be ban schools? I vote we home-school every kid in America, and kill two birds with one stone. We won't have kids getting hurt on the way to school nor teams to worry about for any sports. Oh wait, there are team sports for homeschooled kids, well better just do away with that too.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  66. T-bone

    I dont know how many times this has been addressed that kids playing football all the way up through College are not big and strong enough to do anything but grab someone and pull them down.
    Its not until the NFL where you get two guys that are 6'5 250 pounds colliding at 10-15 mph.

    But i suppose some people just arent smart enough to be able to differentiate between grown men and teenagers.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Nogimus Prime

      Are you dumb? I played tackle football from age 7 through my senior year in high school. I never dragged people down. I crushed em and put em on their asses. The only thing I can think of is that maybe you think kids are tackling adults? Kids are to kids as NFL players are to NFL players. So to say a kid can't tackle another kid and is only able to drag them down is just bs. Got any other dumb random ideas floating around in there?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • T-bone

        I'm sure thats exactly how you remember it.
        Go watch a you tube video of any football game from a hs game.
        Its nothing even remotely close to the bone jarring hits delivered by an NFL player

        November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Mike

      Wait. What?

      Are you actually saying that there are no high school or college football players that big? That none of them are big and fast enough to slam into each other with enough force to cause injuries? That Human Males don't reach that size until after they get out of college and join the NFL?

      Maybe you went to high school in a part of the country where they only grow small players, but where I went to school, our biggest guys were easily in that size range – and could crush a smaller player underfoot with ease.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  67. Nogimus Prime

    Let's create a new sport for kids that is less harmful than any other sports. Marijuana cigarette races. MJ never killed anybody. Sure, they might score even lower on ACTs than usual and forget how to do basic things like eat and pee, and might get a little cranky for no apparent reason, but it's way safer and you gotta have something to fill in for all those missing sports.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Jim

      Oh, they won't forget how to eat!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  68. lostisland

    I'd prefer all that money be spent buying musical instruments for the schools.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • T-bone

      Buy your kid an instrument on your own.
      Our school doesnt contribute one red cent to the program.
      Travel and uniforms are all funded through donations / fundraising / and a $100 players fee.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  69. xpunker

    Apparently, all of you have missed the Dr.'s point. The good Dr. is trying to protect the school district from sue happy parents. His statement "It could put a school at financial risk so we don't have enough money to educate the children," is absolutely on target. Most school districts have a difficult time finding the cash to properly educate the children. Why open the door to a law suit by knowingly allowing a sport that is extremely dangerous.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Vinny

      That's why you sign a waiver buddy.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • Nogimus Prime

        Yep. You can't expect people who've never been involved in these activities to be aware of such things though. I just had this discussion with my gf the other day, and it's a lost cause trying to reason with people who never enjoyed sports activities during their school years.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • Jim

        You can sign a child's rights away? We can't do that in Canada. A parent can sign anything but the rights of a child can't be signed away. Interesting.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Vinny

        What rights? I'm not selling him to slave labor, I'm granting him permission to play football lol.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • NoVa

        Bring back Pepsi Clear

        November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Jonesy

      Protect the schools from lawsuits... How sad has society become?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • Vinny

        Too sad.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  70. Doggbreath

    I don't see why someone hasn't invented an external helmet-shoulder pad integrated unit that would prevent the head from twisting or tilting too far.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • T-bone

      They have.
      They are called cowboy collars and they are dirt cheap.
      But once again, its better to whine about something like the good doc here than just take advantage of all the safety devices available.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  71. T-bone

    Being in a car during an accident is a collision event too.
    Maybe we should ban cars.
    Maybe we should just take our kids and wrap them up in bubble wrap every day and then send them to school with that and a helmet.
    Dont forget steel toed boots and a face shield too.
    Got to protect the little ones.
    Because these sports really destroyed our lives didnt they.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Mike

      You know, T-Bone, I agree with you on the whole nanny state thing and the suggestion to ban the game vs uprating the safety standards. But your presentation needs work. You kinda come off as a bit of a jerk in some of these posts. The whole "Kids get hurt! Oh noes! Banz teh game!" mentality is what led to the South Park "Sarcastiball" episode. But, really, work on the presentation skills. You'll find more people will actually agree with your point of view, or at least will respond favorably if you don't come of as "You disagree with me. You must be an idiot."

      November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • T-bone

        One thing i have learned about CNN blogs is that once the Liberals get their hands on a topic there is no convincing them. period.
        They are quick to ban football but praise soccer, yet soccer is no safer.
        Sometimes kids just need to be left alone to play, its irritating to see so many parents crying about this yet i'm sure their parents never blocked them from experiencing life good and bad.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  72. Vinny

    Take your kids and get them music/dance lessons and stop ruining it for everybody else. My kid has a right to play any sport he wants and it's up to me to accept the consequences. That's called FREEDOM, remember that word?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Vinny

      Lets just throw more kid on the street, just what America needs. This country is becoming a nation full of wussies and I'm embarrassed by it. WAKE UP!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • LateAgain

      Great! Let him play! But don't ask me to pay for it if/when the medical bills start to pile up.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  73. Monty

    The positive aspects of youth sports in general far out weigh the risks. Many children find their way to college or out of poverty or crime through sports. We are surrounded by dangers everywhere. At least the dangers of youth sports can be monitored and decreased while still adding so much value to the community.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  74. thadeous

    I have three children , my eldest is a OBGYN and played college ball his two brothers are into the arts and have both played bat mitton and are dancers . I beleive they saw their brother get banged around during the game. I think this is what changed their minds not to play contact sports. Unlike their father who aches from contact sports

    November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Jonesy

      Bat mitton and dancers eh?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • T-bone

        interesting.
        The one who played ball is up to his neck in women all day every day... the two that didnt... i think i see a correlation.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  75. phearis

    I think Randy Marsh has a perfect idea. Let's all play: Sarcastaball!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  76. tbkern02

    This is awful. I can not believe that any of you on here would agree with banning football in schools. Footballs pros way out weigh its cons. Leadership development, Physical fitness, team buliding, cooperation, perserverance, strategy, life long friendship. Yes, I do realize that some players do not expierience all of these things, but a good number do.

    The fact that we are even getting worked up over something like this shows just how far our culture has advanced over the last 100 years. In 1912 many towns did not have proper water, sewage treatment, or many other things we now take for granted. The world is much safer today. Taking away sports is why our young people are so fat. My highschool got rid of PE when I was a freshmen. It was deemed to not be a "priority."

    Head injuries are clearly not a good thing. However, if you look at data concerning concussions you will notice the the majority are NOT SPORTS RELATED. People get concussions by tripping over shoes in their bedroom.

    Instead of depriving our young people of Football, who do we not look into making safer equipment more afordable? Concussions occur in the NFL because you have two freak athleates running into each other at full speed. In High School this is a rare occurance. The majority of concussions occur at this level due to poor equipment caused by the gutting of athletic budgets. Why can the Doctor make better use of his time calling for better access to equipment? That would save the sport and make it saffer at the same time.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • tbkern02

      Sorry about the spelling. I was going to go back and fix it, but I posted it by accident.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • FanAk

      I've seen reports that 78% of all NFL players 2 years after retirement are broke or financially distressed. That is a 'good number' of players in the end.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • tbkern02

        How is that related at all? Only the minority of all High School players will even play college ball, much less pro. In what way does the poor financial decisions of the minority relate to concussions?

        November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • FanAk

        Point taken but of those noted qualties as benefits such as fitness, leadership, friends, discipline, etc outweight the risks of physical trauma, why can't we remove that risk all together. Other sports invoke all of those benefits for the members without such danger like.. track and field, swimming, etc.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
      • NoVa

        Bring back Pepsi Clear

        November 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • tbkern02

        All of those sports cause injuries. Injuries can happen at any time if you are active. People have died from heat stroke from track. Yes, I do realize that this also has occurred from football, but I am saying that football is not excessively more dangerous than many other sports. Concussions occur regularly in basketball, soccer, and a variety of other sports. Even Cheerleading causes concussions. Just because Football is in the news more often does not mean that it is worse than other sports. Just walking out of your door in the morning puts you at risk. Brain injuries are awful, but getting rid of Football is not the solution and it would even be detrimental to young people because of all of its benifits.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  77. Doggbreath

    Doctors mean well, but they do sometimes take one-sided stances on things in the name of injury and death prevention. For example, the American Medical Association is historically anti-gun because doctors see, firsthand, the results of shootings.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  78. NoVa

    Bring back Pepsi Clear

    November 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  79. Mike

    I agree with the doctor. Lots of other sports that are better for kids. Not worth it for brain injuries-these are kids and they cannot make their own choices yet! My son is huge and would be a great football player but he will not be playing that one sport. Lots of others to choose from.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • T-bone

      Way to keep your son under your thumb Mike.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • Paul

        BWAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Exactly!

        November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • Jm

        Shoulld we expect any other type of response from someone named T-Bone. The reality is, so many of these kids would be better off studying then playing football. Of course, this comes from a parent with a gifted child who scored a 27 on the ACT in 6th grade. Raising a wuss? Maybe, but he is also a black belt in Karate.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • T-bone

        My son played Varsity for 4 years and graduated with a 4.0 gpa.
        Whats your point?
        And we are to believe you administered the ACT to a sixth grader?
        Pull the other one.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • tbkern02

      You would really tell him he can not play football because of the small chance he MIGHT get hit in the head? While you are at it you better tell him he can never drive when he gets old enough. Or ride a bike. Or walk on a sidewalk when it is icy. All of those things also might cause concussions. Parenting 101 on how to cause low self estem. Good Luck with that.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • Jm

        That is not the only way a child gets hurt. Most actually die from heat related issues. I bet if you ask every single parent who had a child die from football related issues, they would all say they wish they had not let him play.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • T-bone

        Our school weighs the kids before practice and after practice.
        They are not allowed to participate in the next practice unless their body weight is within 1 pound of where they started the previous day. Its called being responsible.
        Some football programs actually practice that.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
      • tbkern02

        I realize the heat is an issue, but it is not Football specific. People have also died from heat stroke from Track, Cross Country, Tennis, Lacrosse, Soccer, and almost every other outdoor sport. People have also died from being over worked in Basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and other indoor sports. If you are active you open up the possibility of injury or death. However, if you are inactive you will still eventually cause your body harm. Human beings are fragile. Keeping your son from playing football, if he even wants to, will not keep him safe. However, keeping him from playing a sport that he wants to could lead to many downsides both physical and mental.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Jm

      Yes, T-bone, you should know more about the education system. There is a program through Duke Univeristy that gives the ACT after the 6th grade year. Opens all kinds of doors. My son is now in the 10th grade and has a 32 taking all gifted classes. He has a 4.5+ GPA (out of 4.00 – Gifted classes, due to their difficulity, are curved to a 5.0)

      November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Piglet

      T-Bone- come on man- your son played as a 9th grader on varsity? Either he was from a small town where there was only 6 players on a team or you're stretching the truth a bit.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  80. Doug Lind

    If you want to ban football over concerns about concussions, you'll also have to look at hockey. If you're worried about leg-foot-ankle injuries, basketball leads the way. Tough decisions need to be made. Both hockey and FB could be changed to make them a whole lot safer, but the macho mentality in both these sports will be tough to overcome.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • kargy

      Leg and Ankle injures from basketball do not end your life early. Hockey though has higher injury rates that are leading to early death just like football.

      I am with him on this. There is no reason to put developing kids in activities that could cause them life long problems if we don't need too. Its just a sport.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Mahalia

      Dougie fresh, he is talking about not funding football as a pub school sport. Not banning it from the state. Play with a club, but why open up tax payers to lawsuits? No reason to fund public school football. NONE!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  81. CR from CA

    I think we should ban anyone from having children. Since all people who are born are inevitably going to die, it is irresponsible to create a human life when effectively it means condemning that person to death. We should also ban anything that allows a human to travel faster than 0 mph, since inevitably there is some risk of injury through collision, falling, or what have you. We should also ban existing people from doing anything, because why risk having any enjoyment in life when you might suffer an adverse consequence.

    Get real.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Jessica Diaz

      Well said!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Matty B

      You're an idiot. Do not reproduce, and the rest of us will be fine.

      I played high school football. It was not worth the two concussion I received, and it was not worth a lifetime of lower back pain. I regret having played football every day of my life. Chronic pain sucks, and is very depressing.

      Let adults hurt each other if they want to (i.e. – playing football). Don't encourage children to take risks, when they are unable to grasp the full magnitude of their decisions.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • T-bone

        Youre just a pansy.
        hard to believe you ever played football. Were you the kicker?
        You sound like a kicker.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  82. 2tor

    ME too!! I'm sick of paying for high dollar stadiums, high dollar maintenance. People that want to play should pay for it. Not me.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  83. Jaggersden

    While on the subject of banning, how about we get automobiles and motorcycles off the roads? They kill more than all sports combined, are air polluters and look at the harm they do to children everyday

    November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  84. Belgian Eurotrash

    Just play soccer. A civilized sport.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Doggbreath

      Except for the fans...

      November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • TheTruth

      It's boring.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • David

      I hear a lot of parents say "play soccer". Well, now lets think about that. You go to "head" a soccer ball, you can bump head to head and someone can break their nose (did this in HS playing) or a concussion can occur (No head protection in soccer) You are running wth the ball and someone slides to take the ball away, you trip and twist your ankle. So basically you are asking kids to play a sport that has less protection equipment and tripping from the blindside is allowed? I will let my kids play football before soccer...at least they know to expect contact...

      November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  85. Jonesy

    Here we go again, trying to protect those who don't need protection. About 150 children died from playing on playgrounds from 1990-200 (google it). We going to ban those too? How about all the processed food you're most likely feeding your child? Yea that's not a death sentence. Wait wait wait, lets provide an incentive for children to sit inside on the internet or watching TV all day.

    Sometimes I wish I wasn't associated with the human race. If you don't want your kid to play contact sports then don't let them play. Sick and tired of others trying to tell me whats right and wrong in MY life.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  86. Christian

    My son is built for football. He will never play 1 game. The whole football industry from the youngest children league to the NFL needs to reevaluate and restructure the game. It is all about winning a any cost, even if it means to permanently injuring another person. There have been incidents in my county where kids have bounties on them. That the coaches are teaching them to injure the other teams best player. The young kids coaches are learning this from, upper leagues who learn it from college football, who learn it from the NFL. Disregardful.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • T-bone

      Good call.
      You can sit back and enjoy the visit from the local police telling you they have your little dope smoker locked up in juvenile hall because he was running around with no structure in his life.
      Nothing like a rebelous teenager with boredom

      November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  87. Jason

    Kids will get injured doing nearly any sport. However, we can avoid serious injury by teaching proper technique and safety. About the ban, there are pros and cons. To ban school sports in general would put focus on where it should be in school–on academics. But, on the other hand, take away sports and you remove a great motivator for some kids.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  88. CronoT

    Reminds me of the Kids Next Door episode where some wacko baby-safeing guy creates a giant robot who covers the whole world in bubble wrap to keep humanity from getting Boo-boo's.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • VladT

      Best....comment.....ever

      November 3, 2012 at 5:17 am |
  89. Common Sense

    BAN IT. I mean, my gosh, we have banned not wearing seatbelts on the "chance" that we could get hurt or killed, but we continue to encourage and participate in a sport that is certain to cause ortho and brain injuries and even death! STUPID!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Jim

      You are against seat belts?????

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Robert S

      Last time I checked this is America, if people want their kids to play, educate them on the risks and then llet them have that option. If they want there kids to not play, there is always that option as well. The fact is all you can do is educate people on the risks and let them make their own decision. Obviously the goal is to make the sport safer and that is what we are seeing right now. The NFL, NCAA, and respective state high school organizations are all taking steps to improve the safety. That's all we can ask for.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • T-bone

        It hasnt been America for the past 4 years.
        We are quickly becoming Amerika thanks to all the liberal socialists in this country.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  90. Klancy Schmertz

    My first reaction is No Way. Athletics is necessary for many reasons, teaching how to work as a team, how to handle winning and losing graciously, physical fitness, etc.
    But upon reflection, the injuries sustained in the collision sport of football affect one's abilities to function effectively for the rest of their lives. I think the Doctor is right. The benefits can be achived in the other sports, and the benefits of the collision support don't justify the cost in terms of human lives damaged.
    As much as I enjoy football, I have to concede that the doctor is right.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  91. Art

    Football is a waste of time that distracts from the learning process.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • T-bone

      tell that to my son.
      Wonder what that 4.0 gpa would have been if he had not played football
      HMMMM

      November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Michael

      It sounds like you never played the game. Sad, that. I played in HS but was too small, slow, et al, to play in college. Big Deal. I think that I learned a great deal playing football, most have been listed by other posters. I can both understand and appreciate the concerns over injuries; I also see a concerted effort to improve the equipment and techniques being tought: how to proerly tackle, et cetera. In my small HS, football was about the only release availalbe during the fall; had we no football, the mind boggles with the chaos possible. Intelligence is the key here: investigate and make what choice YOU want ... don't deny those that want to play the ability to do so.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  92. Jennifer In Wsiconsin

    I agree with the Doctor in this article. I know that in America, Football is a national pastime. However, I do not encourage my 6 year old son to play the sport. I know too many people who are in their 30s now that have lingering injuries from playing football in high school or collage. We decided as a familiy that our son will not be allowed to play football in school. I have instead encouraged him to play soccer and to join the swim team.

    Additionally, I think that too much money and focus is placed on sports (mostly football) in American schools. Instead, we should invest more in science and math, so we can continue to compete in the global marketplace. I think that teaching kids to be physically active is important, however, the main focus and goal of any school should be educational excellence.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Jason

      Excellent. In my humble opinion, you're raising a well-balanced kid.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Brian

      Don't let your kid play and don't presume to make decisions for others.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  93. MIke

    The good doctor can keep his kids from playing. He shouldn't be able to make that same decison for every other parent. Tens of thousands of kids play every year with no lasting injuries. I played my whole life and the only time I was ever seriously injured was when I played touch/flag football outside of the system with no equipment. There should be some changes in the rules and how coaches teach the game not a total ban against the game.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  94. Derrick

    Last time I checked, parents had to sign Medical Release forms for students to play ANY sport. It is up to the discretion of the parents if there kid should play, not the school board. Some kids have no other means of getting into colleges other than being granted sports scholarships. Take away football and you are preventing some kids the chance to go to college and make a better life for themselves.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  95. Alex

    Cross country produces more injuries than any other high school sport. Just an interesting fact I thought I might share

    November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • XC Coach

      Cross country certainly leads to injuries, but they are minor ones compared to those sustained in football. Sprained ankles, tendonitis, and other inflammatory injuries pale in comparison to concussions and paralysis. The only chance of a runner really dying in that sport is a heart problem, which would come down to an already existing issue. Football, on the other hand, can ruin lives forever. I totally agree that youth football (younger than high school) should be banned.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  96. R, Mussared

    I agree with this guy. Cancel football. Its bad for the BRAIN. Put more into music which improves left brain function.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Belisarius85

      Who cares about music? General academics – science, math, english, etc. need to be shored up before spending more money on music. At least some football programs can fund themselves and don't waste taxpayer money.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • Michael

        Actually, studying music has been shown to have a great many positive influences on the mind and body. Not only to expand one's awareness of music and music theory but exposure to the variety of musical forms. Studying music teaches habits that will serve a student well. But having said that, I still come down on the side of never banning a sport, especially due strictly to the fear of lawsuits. Knowledge is power here ... proper equipment and technique will diminsh the chances of injuries such as concussions but nothing will ever be able to fully eliminate them. I can do that getting out of bed in the morning. Moderation in all things ... and let people make their own decisions. Freedom is never free ...

        November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • BDR

      Yeah, ban cars and driving too. Might as well ban choice.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • petz

      Why can't they do both? High school activities are part of growing up. The more kids do, the more well-rounded they are to face college and life in general. I'd like to see anyone try and take high school football away from places like Texas. Being involved in sports at a young age teaches sportsmanship and how to work as part of a team. If you're going to take away all the dangerous activities in high school, you'd better include shop classes and driver's education. Parents already holler when schools try to take away the arts, and now there's talk about getting rid of football? I don't think so. Watch those parents move their kids to another school district. Oh wait – it'll happen so fast you won't be able to see it.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  97. Sportsman

    I agree football can be a dangerous sport. However, I feel football along with other team sports provide our children an outlet for their energy. It gives them self esteem and teaches them to be responsible and accountable to a select group. This guy had his glory, don't let him take away may kid's glory and moment in the spotlight!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  98. Sherrie0824

    If you're going to ban football because kids MIGHT get hurt, might as well ban all sports. You can get hurt doing anything physical. Millions of kids have played football in the past few decades and a vast majority of them did not get hurt. It's always an over-reaction when someone does get hurt – America is famous for knee-jerk reactions. Pretty soon, we'll all be just like the humans in Wall-E ... too scared to get out of our motorized chairs, obese beyond measure and the only sport will be chess.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Robert H

      They practically do ban all sports. If it doesn't have a ball, you pretty much don't see it happening. Wresting is rare, and so are boxing. Boxing I fully understand, the growth these kids are going through at these stages of their life is too much for the inconsideration the majority of school coaches have for their students. Wrestling is seriously pushing it. Football is just like them. Yet, no contact martial arts are not allowed because of dangers in many schools. It's all completely stupid as some dangerous sports are allowed and others are not, and some non-dangerous sports are not allowed. However, people that do not realize the dangers of football–especially the way some coaching staff operate–are just practicing willful ignorance. They know nothing of human development nor the sport they defend (probably because they played or like the sport).

      November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  99. Herman Munster

    He is spot on. Aggressive team sports have no value in today's workplace, and only cost municipalities a lot of money for equipment, fields, maintenance, and youth injury. Stop wasting money and our youth's health.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Belisarius85

      Since you want to change the status quo, you need proper justification. How do aggressive team sports have on value in today's workplace? Do you think that have no value whatsoever?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  100. Primal 4 Life

    Kick this loser off of the board. He has no business whatsoever in that position.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Chris

      Yeah, a medical doctor voicing concern over potential medical issues for his school district – no business whatsoever. Sounds like you're the loser, and should consider what areas of life, if any, you have expertise in.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • MJ

        Chris – He may be a medical doctor, but if you read carefully (i.e. read all the way to the last paragraph) his opinion is not based on any medical issue. His position is that the district might be open to lawsuits that they can't afford. As usual, it's all about the money. His profession as a MD has no bearing whatsoever on his stance.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Safety

      Why? Guess it is ok since it is other kids???, There are other sports your son and the other cheerleaders can root for.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • BiggieSmalls

        Yes, and you are raising fruitcakes yourself!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Busto

      Chris don't be so hard on "Primal" maybe his severe concussions are inhibiting his thought process. Either that or he has money in the game and wants to look the other way.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
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