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December 8, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1921-1922. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520230057006

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In the football season just closed there has been a decided improvement in the pathologic aspects of the game. Football has not yet become a nursery amusement, but at least it has not claimed as many victims as during last season. The record for 1905 was 22 deaths, with 96 serious injuries, while in 1906 the fatalities from football numbered 3, with only 54 injuries and many of these trifling. It seems that the important changes in the rules, made to eliminate many of the dangers, have been successful to a considerable degree. As there has been a growing demand for this improvement for several years, it seems too bad that the football rules committee could not sooner have seen its way to make the changes which have proved so beneficial.

It has been claimed that changes in the game in the direction of greater safety would lead to a

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