For many young people in America, football is a way of life. In small towns all across the country, playing football is as much a part of the culture as going to church. Over the past few years, though, that has changed for many adolescents as new evidence regarding the dangers of full-contact sports have been revealed — and the results are not pretty. We are discovering the brain injuries are all too common in football and when young people are the ones playing, the consequences are even deadlier. Despite initially believing that as long as children avoided concussions that they would be perfectly fine, researchers have determined that playing full-contact football alter the brains of young people, regardless of whether or not they suffer a concussion — and still parents allow and encourage their children to participate in this dangerous activity.