Schools are taking head injuries seriously. It is not a lack of concern or a lack of care in reporting that has led to the 11 percent decline.

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Officials calls are final; and living with the outcome is one of the valuable lessons we try to teach and learn in school-based sports.

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What are the things we should be doing now that may not show immediate results, but are essential for securing a future for school-sponsored sports?

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No single person has done more than L. L. Forsythe to shape school sports in Michigan, and the nation. 

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Excesses and abuses in school sports have their own momentum. We should not create more by NFHS sponsorship of the very events it was created to end.

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"From the time the first whistle blew . . . until its close the professional coaches employed by the two schools had no contact with players."

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There is one initiative that scores a hat trick. It’s the MHSAA Task Force on Multi-Sport Participation.

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The programs are extracurricular: after the school day is when they should usually occur, and they are after academics in importance.

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About the Author

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA as its Executive Director since 1986, implementing programs and overseeing tournament administration and regulations for the Association which boasts 1,500 member schools, 10,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 44 years, Roberts has spoken to educator and athletic groups, business leaders and civic groups in almost every state and five Canadian provinces. He is one of the nation's most articulate advocates for educational athletics.

Roberts has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), is in his second term on the board of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and is the first chairman of the NFHS Network board of directors. He has been board president for the Refugee Development Center for seven years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He is vice chair and secretary of the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation.

He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he played defensive safety for the Ivy League's winningest football team during that span, and he sang in Dartmouth's close harmony vocal group.

His wife, Peggy, has retired from a 30-year career in social services, and is serving as president of the board of the Fenner Nature Conservancy in Lansing.