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Head Injuries and High School Football

The potential dangers of playing the popular sport have caused controversy, as even the president has weighed in. Would you let your son play?

It's the biggest week of the football season but not all the talk was looking towards Super Bowl XLVII.

There has also been a lot of talk about the safety of the sport itself.

With questions about the long term injuries making the headlines, including questions about whether former NFL star Junior Seau's May suicide was triggered by brain disease stemming from too many hits in the head.

President Obama weighed in when he said in an interview that if he had a son instead of two daughters, he says he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play football.

There are parents in Huntington who also have to weigh that decision and we want to know what they're thinking. We'd also like to know what you would think even if you don't have a high school age son.

Would you let a son play football?

david weissberg February 03, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I have been involved as the football team physician for the Huntington, Walt Whitman and Northport school districts for many years. Recently we introduced the IMPACT concussion program into these districts in an attempt to better recognize and treat our young athletes who have had a concussion and require a specific rest and rehabilitation program. Although it has been a great help there are still many questions regarding how to prevent these potentially devastating injuries in the future. Non contact practices in order to limit the amount of contact can be helpful but in the end the sports themselves and the rules of play may have to be modified to protect our children in the future. David Weissberg,M.D. Long Island Orthopedic Solutions

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