||This is probably the only copy most people (99.9%)
will find of this article. It was written for "The Sideliner",
which was a little, informal, Journal published by the Athletic
Trainers Society of NJ or ATSNJ. The circulation was probably
a few hundred or so. The Journal is now defunct and went belly
up in the mid-nineties, as the ATSNJ decided to put those funds
to work elsewhere. I wrote this over a period of a few weeks
for the Editor at the time, Karen Korbal. She definately had
a difficult job, keeping this project above water.
This was my second publication (still just a pup). It's
a fairly brief article and rather straight forward. The
title is actually a bit of a misnomer. It is more an analysis
of the effect of the spearing rule change in 1976, than of the
spearing rules. Still, many of the spearing themes that
appear in all of my later articles first surfaced here.
I guess that makes it a springboard of sorts.