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April 29, 1974

Head and Neck Injuries in Football: Mechanisms, Treatment, and Prevention

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Medical Center Madison

JAMA. 1974;228(5):633-634. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230300059039

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Every physician who has any responsibility for the care of football players should read and own this book. Dr. Schneider and eight other contributors—including two other neurosurgeons, two experts in electroencephalography, a neurologist, an anatomist, an orthopedist, and a psychiatrist—have summarized the results of many years of intensive interest, clinical experience, and research on head and neck injuries in football. It would make excellent, and not too difficult, reading for football coaches, trainers, and players as well.

Serious injuries to the brain and spinal cord are virtually the sole causes of fatality in American football today. The public is not generally aware of the many other injuries that cause serious, permanent disability; the victims survive these injuries but are never able to function normally and effectively again. The message of this book is that the practical application of present-day knowledge could prevent virtually all of these deaths and disabilities. By