Football: Is it worth the cost of the players' health?

Football is hard on a player's body. On top of the physical strain that comes with playing any intensive sport, football is linked to brain injuries. In an April 11 press release from the American Academy of Neurology, they state that more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players have signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is evidence found from a recent study they’ve conducted, which they'll present in full at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th annual meeting later this month.

 “We found that longer careers placed the athletes at a higher risk of TBI," Francis Conidi, MD, DO, of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology and member of the American Academy of Neurology said in the press release. “This research in living players sheds light on the possible pathological changes consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy that may be taking place.”

Do you believe we should stop supporting football as a sport because of the damage to the players? Maybe only play flag football (even if it's less exciting)? Or, do you think it’s worth having the sport as long as the players are aware of the risk?