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The longer high school football seasons are, the greater the exposure to brain trauma risk. The Will Smith movie “Concussion,” opening next month, will present disturbing material about head injuries in the N.F.L. My book “The Game’s Not Over,” out next month, will present disturbing material about the far larger concussion risk in high school football — some 150,000 high school football concussions annually, some linked to protracted seasons and bigger postseason brackets.
People who think football is a wonderful sport — count me in! — may be tempted to believe there’s sufficient progress against concussions. There is not. One important reform would be to shorten high school football seasons, so that less brain-trauma risk is run by the overwhelming majority of players who will not get a college admission boost