A kid broke his leg. He was writhing in pain. A host of other kids are suffering injuries they will carry with them for a lifetime. Yet, the public actually pays good money to watch these kids do this to each other.
Coaches teach and beg the kids to "stick" the kids on the other side and "hit" them with all their might. The elderly limp to games to watch the young beat on each other and relive how they acquired all their aches and pains. "Non-negligent" parents pay for equipment, lessons and travel to send their children to battle to knock each other silly, putting their newly formed bones and recently developed bodies at risk.
Limbs bent backwards, helmet to helmet contact jamming their necks, squaring off to risk spinal injury and concussions with every whistle blow. When the kid is wheeled off on the stretcher, the crowd cheers. Appreciating the kid for "laying it all on the line" for the sake of what? Winning? Surviving? Doing what is accepted, although inherently dangerous?