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Head and Neck Injuries in Football

Keasley Welch, MD
Arch Surg. 1974;108(5):750-751. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350290112028.
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Duffy Dougherty pointed out that football is not a contact sport. "Dancing," he said, "is a contact sport; football is an impact sport." For more than 20 years Dr. Schneider has studied the neurological injuries (and they are the devastating and fatal ones) associated with the game and he has identified and documented the mechanisms by which certain kinds of impact can damage the brain and spinal cord. He is professor and head of the Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, onetime member of the Board of Control of Intercollegiate Athletics there, and for ten years was a member of the American Medical Association's Committee on the Medical Aspects of Sports.

This book was written in the interest of athletes who are at risk and it is aimed, not only at specialists in neurosurgery and orthopedics, but at those who are responsible for the conduct of football games—coaches,


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