Playing tackle football without equipment is not an obviously dangerous activity, a federal appeals court has ruled in a decision that upholds the dismissal of a civil rights suit brought by a Pittsburgh teenager who was rendered quadriplegic while playing football at a state juvenile detention facility.

“Life is fraught with risk of serious harm and the sports world is no exception,” U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas M. Hardiman wrote in Betts v. New Castle Youth Development Center .

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