SPORTS LETTERS

Football not worth risk

Thank you for finally putting the spotlight on CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The only problem was that none of the remedies significantly change the outcome for players years later. Helmet-to-helmet contact is inherent to the game, and no number of sideline trainers or physicians will change that. Changing the way the game is played was not mentioned, presumably because there are no ways to do so and preserve the essence of the game.

I loved to watch football — high school, college and pro — but I can no longer stomach the trauma. Normal loss of brain function with aging is bad enough, but to accelerate the process is truly sad. There are plenty of other scholarship sports for high school and college athletes to participate in: wrestling, track, soccer, basketball and baseball, among others. We allowed our son to play soccer, basketball and baseball, but absolutely no football. He is better off for it.

So stop feeding the NFL and college money machines and honor (and pity) players like Junior Seau, who had a significant role in exposing this tragedy. — Stephen McChrystal, Phoenix


Resource for brain injuries

I have read your articles regarding head injuries in sports. Seeing information readily accessible is a good start in helping people understand the short-term and possible long-term impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Thank you for your articles.

I am a member of a statewide team of educators that helps students and their families with traumatic brain injury. Our team supports students with head injuries and their families who are living with the outcomes of TBI. Our host organization is CBIRT (Center for Brain Injury Research & Training) — cbirt.org.

Our local school districts have access to our TBI team for education about impact of TBI. Our TBI team keeps a lookout for students who have concussions and other head injuries from any source, sport or accidents.

If you are interested in further information, please feel free to contact me. — Evelyn Henderson, supervisor, Special Programs SOESD


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