By Jim Roope, CNN
(CNN) – The growing number of concussions in football has prompted a proposal to ban high school football in Dover, New Hampshire.
Dr. Paul Butler, a retired surgeon and Dover school board, member said he’s concerned about the repeated head trauma, both detected and undetected, that some younger football players suffer.
[1:29] “Football is the only game we have right now, in my opinion, that uses the head as a battering ram repeatedly during a given game or a given practice session.”
He said, since 2002, studies on the long-term effects of concussions suggest football is simply too violent a sport, especially for kids.
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore linebacker James Aguirre suffered a severe concussion during tackling drills last spring:
[1:01] “I was told that one eye was looking at one direction and the one was looking in another direction.”
Concussions are plaguing the pros too. It's currently one of the most hotly-discussed topics in the NFL.
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