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December 24, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(26):2186-2187. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780038013

The close of the football season of 1932 in the United States affords opportunity to ascertain to what extent the added safeguards of the new rules put into operation this year have brought effective reforms. The statistician says that the number of fatalities was less than in 1931, a statement that would be consoling were it not followed by the admission that the present year's figure is the second greatest for any year during which national records have been kept. The 1932 football casualty list late in November records thirty-seven deaths; among the victims, five were college men, seventeen high school students and fifteen sand-lot, semi-pro and club team competitors. Broken necks and cerebral injuries were prominent among the causes of death. Apparently continued reform is desirable.

There are accidents in all walks of life, not to say in industry or in athletics, that cannot be averted even by any

 Yale Alumni Weekly 42: 243 ( (Dec. 2) ) 1932.