Youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in foot­ball is down, how­ever, notes Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston. If pro­fes­sional foot­ball wants to have the kind of robust net­work of young players fun­neling up through the var­ious levels that it has tra­di­tion­ally relied upon, he notes, “it will have to change.”

The center is in the midst of a year-​​long study devoted to answering the ques­tion of where the best middle ground lies, notes Mr. Lebowitz. “How do we reduce the risks of trau­matic injury without losing the ath­leti­cism, the grace, and the character-​​building that go along with sports in our cul­ture?” he asks.

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