Doctor wants Dover, N.H. to cut football

October, 3, 2012
During Monday's school board meeting in Dover, N.H., a startling proposition was made to drop the sport of football at Dover High School.


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The Associated Press talked to the proponent of the measure, retired physician Dr. Paul Butler, on Tuesday. While admitting the action would not be popularly viewed by the public, Butler told the AP, "I suspect it’s going to take a long time. This might be the first volley. It took a long time for people to wear bicycle helmets. It took a long time for people to stop smoking."

While making his plea during Monday's meeting, Butler, a board member, cited the risk of multiple concussions in football and the link to brain damage, depression and dementia when developing brains are subjected to such conditions.

The Dover School Board has since released a statement reiterating that the cancelation of football is not on its agenda.

Dover High athletic director Peter Wotton told the AP that there was a greater occurrence of concussions in girls' basketball last year than in football.

"Any sport is a target, because it feel [sic] like anytime you put kids in motion—there is an inherent risk to playing sports and taking part in athletics, and for some reason the target is on football," Wotton told the AP. "I don’t think it should be on anything,’’

So what do you think? Is there any merit to Butler's claims, or is this simply trying to grab attention? Will there ever come a day where football is deemed too violent to play at the high school level? Sound off below in the Comments section and be sure to vote in our poll.

Scott Barboza

Scott Barboza joined as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.



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