Football concussion risk too great for high school, say doctors
"It was a decision we didn't make lightly. But safety has to be the first priority. Offensive line is there to protect the quarterback and if they can't do that because the people who are attacking are able to get around them and quickly close on the quarterback, then the quarterback can suffer significant injuries." - Mark Duley, Principal at Robert Bateman High School
In Burlington, Ontario, Robert Bateman High School has decided to drop its football program completely because of the risk of injuries to its players.
Pulling the plug on a football program may be a difficult decision for a high school to make, but it's one that more and more schools across North America may be considering soon.
A new research paper set to be published next month in the American Journal of Bioethics will make the case that the risk of head injuries from playing football is so great that young players should stop playing the game.
Dr. Shailendra Prasad is a family doctor and the co-author of that study. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.
Football may come with some serious risks but it's a sport that many love. Marcel Bellefeuille has spent the past 25 years as a college and professional football coach. He's been a high school football head coach, and Head Coach of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Dr. Charles Tator has seen plenty of young athletes with concussions and regularly advises their parents on what to do. Dr. Charles Tator is the Director of the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto Western Hospital.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Ines Colabrese.