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November 17, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(12):1160-1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290056015

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Just a year ago this month, a 16-year-old boy of Fort Edward, N. Y., tried to block a kick for his high school football team. He died of a ruptured spleen. A week earlier, in a high school football game in South San Antonio, Texas, a 17-year-old boy collided with another player while jumping for a pass. He died of a hemorrhage of the brain stem.

By this time next week at least two more American boys may die from football injuries. That has been the average weekly death toll during the football season over the past quarter-century. While the game has been made safer, at least 1,000 young men have died in all sports during that period. Football takes more casualties than all other athletic games combined.

What are doctors doing about it? Within two weeks, a new American Medical Association Committee on Sports Injuries will meet in Seattle

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