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As a high school football coach, I have one golden rule I tell my players: Go 100 percent or find yourself on the bench. Sure, this golden rule helps win ball games, but that is not the main motive. More importantly, it prevents injuries. Not to say that players who go 100 percent donÆt get injured. Football is a rough game, but so is gymnastics. You wouldnÆt see a gymnast doing the parallel bars confused or out of focus, and you shouldnÆt see a football player confused and without focus on the field. A baseball player can get away with taking a play off. Many soccer and hockey players spend a good portion of the game watching. But in the two most serious injury sports, football and gymnastics, confusion or taking it easy can lead to ligament damage, permanent paralysis, or even death. ...

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