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January 13, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(2):122-123. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510290042006

We have called attention several times to the number of deaths that take place every year from football, and have emphasized the fact that in the season just passed more than a score of fatalities were reported as having occurred. This, of course, is too large a number of fatal accidents for any mere sport. There must be something in it besides sport, an appeal to the brutal instincts of human nature, or some less worthy incitement even than this, to make young men continue to indulge in a game which is the cause of so many deaths. It has been said over and over again, however, in answer to any such arraignment of the game, that the fatal accidents take place only on minor college teams, where the men are not properly trained and hardened to stand the brunt of the necessary football severities. Serious injuries are said not