After learning that MCSD Superintendent David Lewis may propose building a new high school football stadium with new SPLOST money, I had to reflect on whether we should have high school football.
“Concussion rates in the high school game are 78% higher than in college, according to the Institute of Medicine,” reports an article in TIME, the same article that tells us that three high school players died within a week. A neurology professor says the teenage brain is still developing. The electrical wiring is not fully insulated. Neck muscles are weaker than college players.
When a University of Georgia player died from game injuries in 1897, the Georgia legislature passed a law banning college football. The player’s mother asked the governor to veto the bill. He did. Maybe he shouldn’t have.
If I had a teenager, would I want him to play high school football? No.