Could we possibly have high-school kids play sports with lower concussion risk than football? (And ban the “header” in scholastic soccer, or require shock-absorbing helmets?)
No, I suppose we couldn’t. Never mind.
But if high-school football were a drug, it would be in Schedule I. NIDA has spent approximately a gazillion dollars looking for evidence of lasting cognitive deficits from pot-smoking, and found nothing nearly as clear-cut as the risks associated with concussion, which is a fairly routine risk of playing football under current rules.