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October/November 2010

October/November 2010


Letter from AFM

by: John Gallup
Editor and Publisher
© October/November 2010

My teenage son was a hotshot linebacker on his freshman football squad a few years ago. He had the size, speed and athletic ability to have a nice high school football experience and I was anticipating three more years of proudly supporting him and his team.

So, when he told me he was quitting football for rugby, I was naturally a little disappointed. More so, I was concerned that he would be playing a violent sport with bone-jarring tackling without any protective equipment. In particular, I was worried about head injuries and the possibility of concussions.

His three seasons of rugby, which included a Florida state championship, were not injury-free. But I can’t recall ever seeing him or any of his teammates take or deliver a serious blow to the head. The rules of rugby, and the practical reality of playin....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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