At a Pop Warner football game in Brooklyn a few months ago, a nine-year-old shuffled toward the sideline, wincing but not crying, cradling his left arm. It took maybe half a minute before any of his team's three coaches noticed, as they directed players into position on the field. The coach met the player at the sideline and escorted him to a bench a few yard back. He talked to the boy for a few seconds, then turned around and strolled several steps onto the field.
He shouted at his counterpart, the coach of the home team, on the opposite sideline.
"Yo! Hey! You got a medic?" He didn't sound particularly frantic or flustered, just serious.
"What's wrong?" the home team's coach yelled back.
"I don't know. He's holding his elbow."
As at many youth football games around the city and country, there was no medic present here. A bill proposed by Brooklyn councilman Steve Levin seeks too change that.More »