Lewis Margolis: More research needed on football brain injuries

September 7, 2013 

Football folly

The N&O rightly notes in your Sept. 1 editorial “Football’s price” that football-related brain injuries are obvious, documented and ongoing, and that “deeper and better-funded” research is needed.

What should be equally obvious is that it is unethical to allow, much less encourage, boys and young men to play football under the current rules. We know that tackle football is associated with serious brain damage. We just don’t know how much trauma – a lot or a little – it takes to cause this damage.

Until the extent of the harm is understood through well-designed research trials, how can we allow this ongoing harm to occur?

Lewis Margolis

Chapel Hill

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