American football (a clarification we make for the benefit of our friends across the Pond) is, far and away, America's most <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/510937-the-nfl-wins-war-on-popularity-why-the-nfl-is-now-americas-favorite-sport">popular and lucrative</a> sport. However, notwithstanding the use of pads, the sport is hazardous, and injuries -- life long injuries in particular -- are common. It has recently been discovered that <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/f/football/head_injuries/index.html">concussions and brain trauma</a> are two of the more hazardous injuries that can result from a career in football. And now, <a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-12-24/concussion-lawsuits-could-be-tip-of-crisis-for-nfl">litigation</a> by former NFL players has commenced. This litigation bears close watching as it might have an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/sports/football/nfl-faces-retired-players-in-a-high-stakes-legal-battle.html?_r=1&hp">impact</a> not only on the NFL, but also on many educational and Pop Warner football programs in the US. After all, it does not take much imagination to envision copycat litigation.
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