Dover School Board member calls for the end of high school football over brain injuries

By Megan Carpentier
Sunday, October 7, 2012 20:31 EDT
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Dr. Paul Butler, a retired physician and Dover School Board member, isn’t happy about it, but he’s determined that the risk of concussion and brain injury to the district’s young players is too high to let the football program continue.

“I think it’s bad to take this away, I certainly do,” he told “NBC Nightly News.” “But I think it’s worse to let it continue. I think it’s dangerous.”

Dr. Julian Bailes, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Sports Concussion Institute, disagrees. “I think it’s overly radical and it’s not supported by medical evidence,” he said. Bailes is also Neurosurgery Department chair and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute, one of the NFL Players’ Association’s neurological consultants and the Medical Director for Pop Warner Football.

But, even Bailes added, “The younger the brain is, the more vulnerable it is to brain trauma.”

The Dover School Board denies the continuation or cancellation of its football program is on its agenda.

Watch the video, which first aired on “NBC Nightly News” on October 7, 2012, below:

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Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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