Letter: Tackle football decision should belong to parents

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To the editor:

As a local high school football official for over 30 years I'd to respond to the legislative proposal to restrict contact football for athletes prior to high school.

We've come a long way in understanding the science of concussion and on how to recognize the signs in our players' behavior. We work very closely with our schools, coaches and EMT's to remove affected players from the game so they can be evaluated by a medical professional according to established protocols. We also have to take a National Federation of State High School Association-sanctioned concussions in sports program prior to the start of any season. In fact, you can't be assigned games if you haven't passed it. Lacrosse. too.

Contact sports require risk, so does living life. We do the best we can to reduce the risk through training, technique, equipment and penalty but you can never eliminate it 100 percent. Above all, it should be the parents of the athletes, armed with knowledge and facts, who make the final call as to whether or not their kids play contact sports, and not the government..

Mark Pompi,

Pittsfield



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