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Parents are overreacting to football risks


As people across Minnesota lament the passing summer, many will find consolation in the coming fall. Comfort food, crisp weather and vibrant foliage make their return. Coziness is just a sweater away, and the truly stylish will revel in their expanded wardrobe options. Fall also seems to bring people together in ways that other seasons can’t. Perhaps it’s due to the dropping temperature. One thing is for sure, though — the arrival of football season is a rallying point for many.

It’s no secret that Americans love football. We are spectators, players and debaters of the game. Despite this, many people are unwilling to allow their children to fully participate in the fun. Over the past several years, there has been a substantial decline in the number of participants in youth football. Pop Warner, the nation’s most popular youth-football organization, reported a nearly 10 percent drop in participation from 2010 to 2012.


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