Players on youth football teams are bound to get hurt if adults shirk their duty to protect them. All too often, they do: At a now-infamous Pop Warner football game in Southbridge last month, players from one of the teams, Tantasqua, were being taken off the field with serious injuries almost from the beginning of the game. The teams have been pointing fingers. But those who coach, manage, and referee youth contact sports — or simply place their children in them — should understand that they are all responsible for children’s well-being.
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