Head Injuries in High School Football

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American Football is a huge spectator sport where offensive and defensive players will use teamwork and perseverance to try and score more points than their opponent. Football is highly respected in America, where boys will try and pursue the dream of playing in the NFL (National Football Association) someday; but if you look at an average neighborhood, you will find that kids and adults of all ages love to go out and throw around the pigskin. (Lerner and Lerner 275). One thing Americans will take pride in is the college and NFL football teams they root for. People sit down with a beer and talk hours upon hours of football and two individuals can get in a heated discussion in the local sports store of whose sports team is better. Surprisingly enough, one will find the most passionate football players at the high school level. Most boys will start their football career as a young child in football programs such as Pop Warner to get a foothold and to get those involved in teamwork and friendships. These programs are usually the start to someone falling in love with the sport and making it a career choice eight years later. Football is one of America’s favorite sports. When fall season comes around, people across America are placing bets, finding out where that new sports bar is, and buying wide screen T.V’s to watch NFL on Sundays. After their team plays, they will go out and reminisce what happened that Sunday. While thousands of fans are still pumped from the NFL games they watched; small towns across America are getting ready to shut down their shops and restaurants to have the chance to make it to the local high schools football game. Ray Glier, a reporter for the New York Times, writes about football in the small town of Appala... ... middle of paper ... ...han. “History of Football Helmets.” Live Strong. 26May 2011. 27 Feb. 2012. Forthofer. “A History of the First Football Helmet.” Hubpages. 27 Feb. 2012. Glier, Ray. "Appalachian Team Faces Final Generation of Football :[Sports Desk]." New York Times 7 Oct. 2009, Late Edition (East Coast): ProQuest National Newspapers Core, ProQuest. Web. 27 Feb. 2012. Gregory, Sean. “The Problem with Football: How to Make It Safer.” New York Times. 28 Jan. 2010. Newsstand, Web. 28 Feb. 2012. Jackman, Tom. "The toll of taking the hits?" The Washington Post 27 Apr. 2011. ProQuest National Newspapers Core, ProQuest. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. Lerner, K. Lee and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. “Football (American).” World of Sports Science. Ed.(2007): p275-278. 27 Feb. 2012. Schwarz, Alan. "Hard Knocks." New York Times Upfront. 13 Dec. 2010: Research Library, ProQuest. Web. 28 Feb. 2012.

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