On Friday, in the third quarter a western New York high school football game, 16-year-old Damon Janes ran for a five-yard touchdown. A few minutes later, there was a big hit and Janes walked off the field in a daze. He collapsed unconscious on the sidelines.
The boy died on Monday.
It's the sort of tragedy that pulls the common refrain of questions to the front--Can this be prevented? Should I let my kid play football? Are we watching the last days of football as we know it?
With each collision-related football death, the questions grow louder. Knowledge on football brain injuries is quickly advancing, and each time a young player dies, we have more information than the last time it happened.More »