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New poll results suggest football is too dangerous

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Millions will be tuned in Sunday night for television's most-watched event, the Super Bowl.
    
While Americans love to watch the game, a new poll shows many also think the sport is too dangerous for their children.
    
Forty percent of Americans say they would encourage their children to play a different sport than football due to concerns about concussions, according to a new Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll.

While Texas High Head Football Coach Barry Norton says most people are more aware of the risks of concussions and injuries, but they're not seeing any less participation.

"You have to measure those things, take good care of our kids, make sure the best equipment is on them and we're doing everything in the safest manner possible," said Norton.
    
In recent years, the NFL has taken steps to make the game safer and limit concussions, establishing new rules to protect players and limit many of the biggest helmet-to-helmet collisions.
    
Orthopedic Surgeon Trey Mitchell is the doctor for the Texas High football team.

"We can teach appropriate techniques in football then we lessen the injuries across the board," said Dr. Mitchell.

He says players should be taught at a young age the safest way to play the game.  

"The younger you are the more apt you are to still be growing, maturing, said Dr. Mitchell. "You can't take that noxious injury."
    
Coach Norton says they have policies and protocols in place for the safety of their players.

"We try to limit the full speed collisions the best we possibly can, knowing you have to have some," said Norton. "We try to minimize it the best we can and still be productive as a football team."
 
The recent news poll also found roughly a quarter of people who make $30,000 or less would encourage their child to play a sport other than football, but roughly half of those people who make $75,000 or more said they would.

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