Did Jim McMahon's concussions cause dementia?

U. neuropsychologist says repeated blows cause more severe damage final

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 30, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Pa. Reader. You're right on. Football is a great spectator sport but is it worth the long term health risk to the participants? How long before school districts and universities get in legal/financial trouble because of injuries? It may be a great tradition but I'd support our school district getting out of football entirely.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    Sept. 29, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    The long term threat to the NFL over head trauma issues is being played out now in youth football leagues around the country. Leagues are contracting due to the decreasing number of kids being allowed to play football. Concerned parents are reacting appropriately to the cautionary tales of McMahon and others. (We only hear about celebrity victims. Those damaged by repeated head trauma in high school and college sports remain in the shadows, largely undiagnosed.)
    A shallower talent pool could lead to fewer elite athletes choosing to play football and in turn to more interest in other sports at football's expense. To those who scoff at that possibility, remember that just a generation ago the biggest television sport was professional boxing.