Pediatric health experts argue that high school football should be banned

(WTNH)–Concussions in high school football are a tough topic to tackle. According to the Institute of Medicine, 1 in 14 high school football players will suffer at least one concussion during their playing days. That risk is 60 percent higher than the next sport.

Yet, the sport remains the most popular among high school boys, with more than 1 million taking part. In the latest issue of the medical journal ‘Pediatrics,’ some leading experts are weighing in on the question of whether or not high school football should be banned.

Dr. Lewis Margolis writes that high school football should be banned until “we can be assured that it does not have long-term detrimental consequences.” Margolis also noted that “football causes more harm to the brain than any other sport.”

But, another expert does not think banning the sport is the right solution.

“Having a licensed athletic trainer on site, a physician who is knowledgeable about concussions at every football game, and a clear ‘return to play’ policy.”

“I think just having a discussion at the schools about how are we going to approach the injury and making sure that we’re dealing with it appropriately,” said Dr. Mark Halstead, who is the Director of The Sports Concussion Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

You can read the entire study from ‘Pediatrics’ here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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