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No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis

Kathleen Bachynski

Abstract

From the untimely deaths of young athletes to chronic disease among retired players, roiling debates over tackle football have profound implications for more than one million American boys—some as young as five years old—who play the sport every year. In this book, Kathleen Bachynski offers the first history of youth tackle football and debates over its safety. In the postwar United States, high school football was celebrated as a “moral” sport for young boys, one that promised and celebrated the creation of the honorable male citizen. Even so, Bachynski shows that throughout the twentieth cen ... More

Keywords: American history, Football, Masculinity, Public Health, Tackle, Youth, Safety, Sport, Citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653709
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653709.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Bachynski, author
Muhlenberg College