Doctors debate high school football ban due to concussion concerns

By: Bob Wilson, WTNH Reporter

(WTNH) — The Rocky Hill football team is getting ready for the state championship round this weekend as a group of doctors in the Journal of Pediatrics recommends banning high school football altogether because of concussions.

Dr. Timothy Belliveau is with the Concussion Management Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care and says there is a lot of research being done on football and concussions, most of it at the NFL level.

“It is good that science is looking into this and the investigations are on going, but I think it would be premature at this point to ban football in my opinion,” said Belliveau.

At the Concussion Management Clinic in New Britain, they approach concussions treatment as a team and they say the same needs to be done on the field.

“And that involves increasing awareness of the players and the parents and the coaches. The athletic trainers are critical to have on the field. It’s important to be very prudent in removing players from play if there’s any doubt about any injury or concussion,” said Belliveau.

Kim Arcata has two children in sports, including a daughter that plays college basketball.

“I see the benefits of sports in my kids lives and I think that it’s a little strange to ban a sport and where do you stop at that point?” said Arcata.

She is thankful the research is ongoing, because anything to prevent just one injury will be worth it.

“Lot of ACL injuries, we’ve seen certainly a lot of injuries with our friends over the years and concussions, as well,” said Arcata.

Also, if you ban football and switch over to flag football, how will colleges recruit and give out scholarships if they haven’t seen students in pads and helmets? Dr. say a lot of questions in a tough controversy as more research is being done.

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