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Author Bachynski, Kathleen, author.

Title No game for boys to play : the history of youth football and the origins of a public health crisis / Kathleen Bachynski
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
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Series Studies in social medicine
Studies in social medicine.
Contents The modern knight errant : nation, race, and the origins of American football -- We are not a nation of softies : youth football from the Great Depression to the Cold War -- Your men can smash through : designing and marketing football equipment -- The duty of their elders : doctors, coaches, and safety expertise, 1950s-1960s -- The rough and tumble : what counts as a football injury? -- Controlling hazards : insurance, data, and consumer product safety, 1930-1974 -- A clear conscience : setting helmet standards and legal responsibility for injuries, 1960s-1970s -- It's all we've got : community, education, and youth football -- This is your brain on football : the framing of a concussion crisis
Summary "In 2016, the NFL admitted a link between degenerative brain disease and injuries resulting from tackle football. This admission sparked a new safety debate in professional football. However, the concerns about players' health do not start at the professional level, but at the beginning and intermediate levels of play. In this book, Kathleen Bachynski tells the story of youth tackle football and the debates over player safety in the United States. In the postwar United States, high school football was celebrated as a "moral" sport for young boys, one that promised the creation of the honorable male citizen. However, Bachynski shows that throughout the twentieth century, coaches, sports equipment manufacturers, and even doctors were more concerned with "saving the game" than young boys' safety. By connecting the study of sport, health, childhood, and masculinity, Bachynski shows the social and physical vulnerability of young football players and how commonly held ideas of masculinity shape sport"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Football for children -- Health aspects -- United States
Football injuries -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century
Masculinity in sports -- United States
Tackling (Football) -- Health aspects
Youth league football -- Health aspects -- United States
Youth league football -- United States -- History -- 20th century
HEALTH & FITNESS / ChildreƱOs Health
Masculinity in sports.
Youth league football.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469653729
9781469653723