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I enjoyed Tim Layden's article on Austin Collie's concussions (Austin Collie Clears His Head, May 2). As a former high school and college football player, I can remember sniffing smelling salts and being patted on the butt while being told all too frequently, "Get back in there," after taking a big hit. I hope that players and coaches at all levels will become more aware of the severity of concussions and take all the necessary precautions to prevent their recurrence.
Cameron Park, Calif.
Football helmets should be made of collapsible materials like foam, from the shell through the lining, to dissipate the energy of a collision before it reaches the player's head. Instead, the hard-plastic shell turns the helmet into a weapon, making it dangerous for both the offensive and defensive player.
Pleasant Hill, Calif.
I applaud Sharon and Lexie Love for their tenacity in keeping their daughter Yeardley in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her (SCORECARD, May 2). Yeardley seems to have been a wonderful young lady who would be proud of the work that the One Love Foundation is doing in youth lacrosse. It should not be lost on any of us that her name is Love; she was filled with love as well.
Michael Ayers, Mills River, N.C.