Professors Want to End Tackle Football in Public Schools for Youths and Teenagers

Noting that the “sun Is setting’ on tackle football, two University of Minnesota doctors have recommended in an upcoming article that “health professionals” push for the elimination of tackle football in public schools for youths and teenagers because of the high incidence of concussions.

Dr. Steven Miles and Dr. Shailendra Prasad reviewed studies on football-related concussions for their statement, which will appear in the January 2016 issue of American Journal of Bioethics.

“Health professionals should call for ending public school tackle football programs,” they wrote. “We disagree with the perspective and the argument of a recent report (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/10/20/peds.2015-3282.full.pdf+html) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that supports the current organization of reforms of youth tackle football.”

For a “special pre-print posting of an editorial,” visit http://www.bioethics.net/2015/10/medical-ethics-and-school-football/

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