Football (22 April 2015)

On 22 April 2015, the Washington Post reported that a U.S. federal judge approved a settlement between the National Football League (NFL) and the player’s association. “The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia someday.” That is over 30% of players being affected, which is an astronomically high number, especially given the conservative nature of court settlements. Yes, that means that approximately one out of three professional football players will eventually suffer moderate to severe dementia, which is five times higher than the rate in the general population. And yet inexplicably Carleton still considers football to be compatible with intellectual development of student-athletes. The Carleton University Board of Governors needs to seriously consider jettisoning our football program, especially now that the quintessential “old crow” John Ruddy no longer serves on the Board.

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