WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Calling the issue an ethical matter, a retired epidemiologist and Williams College graduate is calling for Massachusetts educators to support adoption of non-contact, non-tackle football in high-school play, citing increasing evidence about the long-term effect on concussive blows to the head. Dr. Nicholas H. Wright, says the damage to young brains -- first discovered in the post-death brain tissue of professional football players -- is "an epidemic in slow motion" and that traumatic, long-term injury "has been found in the brains of football players who have never played beyond the high-school level."
Wright's comments were contained in remarks he delivered to the Mount Greylock Regional School District board on Tues., Nov. 15 in regular session. (LINK TO FULL TEXT OF COMMENTS).
- Background on the history of the National Football League's handling of brain injury
- Berkshire Eagle story on Dr. Wright's planned testimony
- iBerkshires story on Dr. Wright's testimony and school-board reaction
- WNYT-Channel 13 (Albany, N.Y.,) report on Wright's testimony
- March 1, 2017 op-ed in Berkshire Eagle by Dr. Wright
- Earlier op/ed in Greylock Independent by Dr. Wright:
""Williams College has denied two requests to provide a representative for interview on these issues.""