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January 30, 1904

THE FOOTBALL FATALITIES AND INJURIES OF 1903.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(5):316. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490500036010
Abstract

Last spring we made arrangements for the collection of statistics regarding fatalities and injuries from the Fourth of July celebrations. The results which we presented were startling, for they showed a much larger fatality and a greater number of injuries than had been thought possible. Last summer we made similar arrangements for gathering the statistics regarding fatalities and injuries resulting from football. While the results of this game are not as bad and the fatalities not as numerous as are those from Fourth of July celebrations, at the same time they are sufficient to call attention to this vigorous sport and to influence one to make the query, "Does it pay?" Almost all our universities and schools now have football teams which engage in series of matches. College pride and college spirit are developed and improved by this game, and honest rivalry in manly sports and athletic exercises is encouraged,

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