Title: Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment
Author: Carla Killough McClafferty
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2013
Age Range: 10 and up
Lexile Reading Level: No level
More and more evidence has been coming out recently that shows just how dangerous a sport football is. Concussions are all but guaranteed and can have dire consequences. This isn’t the first time that concerns have been raised about the number of concussions in football however. Back in 1905, the sport was basically given an ultimatum. After the season ended, nineteen players were dead and many others were seriously injured. The sport was told to either change or there would be no more football. Obviously, the game did change and over time protective equipment has gotten better. Unfortunately, that hasn’t solved all of football’s problems. With millions of young men playing this sport across the country, many are still concerned.
This book is great for reluctant readers who may prefer watching sports to reading books. Any casual sports fan knows that there is currently controversy surrounding football and the number of concussions that players receive. Concussions themselves are bad, but doctors and others are worried that there are other effects of football that have yet to reveal themselves. With the movie Concussion coming out last year as well, this topic may be more attractive to younger readers than it would have been in the past.
Librarians could create a book club where they read the book and discuss it and current issues. This would be a great way for kids to learn how to apply critical thinking to the things that they’re reading. Afterwards, they could watch the movie Concussion. Other sports books could be available to maybe spark football fans interest in reading:
Out of the Blue, Young Reader’s Edition by Victor Cruz
Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey, Young Reader’s Edition by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker
Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry (adult)
Manning by Archie & Peyton Manning with John Underwood (adult)