The cover story for this week's Time magazine is "The Most Dangerous Game: The Problem with Football." As the volume level about the inherent danger and relationship between playing football and debilitating brain injuries increases, Time offers a glimpse at what the issues are, and why they need to be addressed sooner than later, especially for children and teens being taught the wrong way to play the game.
One part of the problem, according to the article, is our glorification of bloody, intense conflict on the football field:
"Spectators who fetishize the sights and sounds of high-speed collisions share responsibility for those who suffer the consequences of such violent encounters."
Unfortunately, this mindset has trickled down to the pee-wee level, where coaches do stupid things with their players. One example is this video that was cited in the article.
Another shared responsibility, according to the article, falls squarely on the shoulders of the media that covers and reports on football:
On Feb. 7, some 90 million people will watch the Indianapolis
You can read the full article over on the Time Magazine web site. You can also visit the web site for Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (which includes links to coverage of their research in the media).