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Children's LiteratureIf you turn on your television on a fall weekend afternoon and begin flipping channels you will invariably encounter the sport of football. Perhaps no other team sport has captured the American psyche as greatly as this sport. The gridiron upon which football is played has assumed an almost legendary aspect. One need only mention names such as Vince Lombardi, Red Grange, or Terry Bradshaw to conjure up memories of a sport that combines physical skill, controlled violence, and near military tactics. In Football author John Wright offers readers some insights into the ways in which the sport is both played and prepared for. This book is part of a larger series entitled "Sports Injuries" and it follows the format that typifies this useful set. In Football the author provides readers with a synopsis of the sport's history, a review of appropriate mental preparatory activities, physical warm up activities, common equipment, and career opportunities in the sport. As is the case with other books in this series readers of Football will come away with a solid grasp of how athletes can better prepare to both excel and participate in a safer manner. This is a practical book and one that readers who either play football or are interested in sports in general will enjoy. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Greg M. Romaneck