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Football and Brain Damage: Is the NFL Doing Enough?

Late last month, as Will Smith’s film Concussion debuted in the theaters, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that supposedly the NFL backed out of giving “unrestricted” funds to the National Institutes of Health for a study exploring football’s relationship to brain damage because the league didn’t like the doctor who would lead it. We learn more from Houston […]

Late last month, as Will Smith’s film Concussion debuted in the theaters, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that supposedly the NFL backed out of giving “unrestricted” funds to the National Institutes of Health for a study exploring football’s relationship to brain damage because the league didn’t like the doctor who would lead it.

We learn more from Houston Chronicle sports columnist Brian T. Smith, and then discuss the latest thinking on concussions and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) with Dr. Kenneth Podell, Co-Director of Houston Methodist’s Concussion Center.

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