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January 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(1):51-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730270055016

The annual reaction against football, which crops out at the end of the football season, has not died out as quickly as usual this year. The customary charges of "professionalism" and the cries of "overemphasis" in collegiate football are problems primarily of educational or academic import. This year, however, the situation is complicated by the fatalities of the season, to which reference was made in a recent issue.1 Nation-wide attention remains focused on the great number of mishaps, and the issue is raised anew as to how some of the hazards can be eliminated. One hot-headed critic has described the game as "murder." The Yale Alumni Weekly admits editorially that it is "shocked by the staggering death-roll of the past season."2 The collegiate magazines hesitate to venture any constructive suggestions regarding reforms that would materially reduce football injuries; there is always the possibility of "spoiling the game."