As Suicides, Brain Injuries Mount, Safety of Football Questioned, from NFL to Youth Leagues

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As Suicides, Brain Injuries Mount, Safety of Football Questioned, from NFL to Youth Leagues

Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, the safety of football is coming under increasing scrutiny as more evidence emerges about links between concussions and brain damage. President Obama recently weighed in on the issue, saying, "If I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football." We speak to former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski, co-founder of the Sports Legacy Institute and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, which maintains a bank of more than 140 athletes’ and military veterans’ brains in order to study the effects of concussions. He is the author of the book, "Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis," which is the focus of a new documentary.

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