Should student deaths mark the end of high school football?

A Chicago football player from Bogan High School, on the city’s South side, died last week after sustaining a head injury during a game. The tragedy adds to the growing concern from parents about student athletes and sports-related concussions.

Seventeen-year-old Andre Smith was the seventh high school football player, nationwide, to die this year due to injuries suffered during games, according to the Illinois High School Association.

If grieving parents, friends and educators asking “How can we protect our kids?” is the question, is no more football the answer?

In a recent study by Treato, out of 91 percent of parents surveyed who said they understood the link between playing sports and lifelong brain inquires, 41 percent said they want to see football eliminated from school sports programs.

Hockey took the number two spot with 21 percent of parents saying it should be eliminated from schools.

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