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Football and kids: Are pediatricians too tolerant about youth tackling?

Football and kids: Are pediatricians too tolerant about youth tackling?

This is the week that our national fascination with pro football reaches its annual climax. The run-up to the Super Bowl is also a good time to ponder the effects of the game on its youngest participants, some of whom start tackling each other as early as age 5. 

One would think that the evidence of long-term illness and injury from the violence of even pre-school football would have pediatricians up in arms. Sadly, as Kathleen E. Bachynski of Columbia University's School of Public Health documents in the New England Journal of Medicine, the doctors are shockingly tolerant of...

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