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A possible reason for decline in signups for youth football

I would submit that parents of youth are becoming more aware that the neuroscience has now established the high risk of dementia occurring in later years of youth who have been subjected to successive concussions, even mild ones, through football. The current NFL retired players lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg, in my opinion. Why not survey our local physicians, including neurologists, to see whether they would enthusiastically enroll their own children in football, given what we now know of the long term consequences. Ask Jim McMahon, retired Chicago Bears quarterback, who is suffering from dementia at age 53 because of successive concussions over his amateur and professional football career.

Marshall Pierson

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