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Kevin Guskiewicz

Football is good, not bad, for us

A new HBO Real Sports/Marist poll reports that a third of Americans say that concern over long-term brain issues would make them less likely to allow a son to play football. “I advise [kids] and their parents to avoid the game at all costs,” Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine, writes at CNN.com . “It’s not safe at any level.”But last year when the Mayo Clinic compared neurodegenerative disease rates from mid-century high school football players with their counterparts in band, choir, and glee club they discovered no real difference. The five doctors admit that their findings rebutted their incoming hypothesis: “Indeed, the frequency of [Parkinson’s] and [Lou Gehrig’s Disease] was lower in the football group than in the band, glee club, and choir group.”Growing numbers of parents steering kids away from the gridiron doesn’t reflect growing dangers. It represents growing hysteria.   “For all [NFL] players who play five or more years,” George Will explained in a column ...

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