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Football, Brain Injury, and Steve Almond
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
The National Football League (NFL) starts its season today. I’ve written before about American football and the likelihood of a player getting a life-altering brain injury. Incontrovertible evidence is building that playing football is dangerous for the brain. The evidence is particularly dismaying when it comes to our youth.
I admit to liking the game. But as author Steve Almond points out, I am one of the many fans who are feeling “queasy” about enjoying a game that has so much baggage. I am certainly happy that none of my nephews who played football in high school thought about playing in college, even though each one excelled in the game. I also have a traumatic brain injury. I know what my brain injury has done to Donna’s and my life. I have also read the interviews and guest blogs. The amount of chaos and stress that visits not only the afflicted person, but also his or her family, is unimaginable.
Steve Almond, a former rabid fan, has been questioning the U.S. society’s love of football. He has written a bestselling book, Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. I think his essay, an article written about his ideas, and an audio are food for thought for us and completely appropriate for this category.
Any views and opinions of the author are purely his/her own.
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