As we welcome in the new football season, the tragic stories of traumatic and long-lasting head injuries begin to pour in from players who are suffering, or have suffered, numerous concussions and other injuries since taking up football in their youth.

Rob Gronkowski stated during a recent interview that he experienced mood swings which he said was caused by potential brain injuries he suffered playing football.

Former NFL fullback LeRon McClain, in an emotional tweet, cried, “I had to get my head checked. Playing fullback since high school. It takes too much to do anything. My brain is (expletive) tired. I need some help with this (expletive). (Expletive) help me please! They don’t care. I had to get lawyers, man.”

Patriots tight end Ben Watson has suffered a preseason concussion and has been placed on the concussion protocol.

We celebrate the return of the New England Patriots and the Bourne High School Canalmen to the gridiron, but how many fans are stopping to think about the life-changing injuries our kids are risking in the name of the sport?

Concussions can lead to personality changes, increased violence, depression, dementia, and increased risk of suicide.

This is a social problem that a caring public needs to take seriously, so that our children are not put at risk for their chance for glory and for our entertainment.

Tom R. Barnes

Thorne Road

Bourne

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