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Game-changers off the playing field

Universities nationwide take the lead in researching concussion's causes, effects

Originally Published: August 30, 2012
By Kevin Van Valkenburg | ESPN The Magazine

The people who just might be able to save the sport of football from its own self-destructive ways don't wear whistles or hold clipboards. They don't file lawsuits, and they don't dole out suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Instead, they tend to wear lab coats. They might spend their days poking and prodding mice, interviewing patients involved in a study, or gathering data and obsessing over it. Some of them are men, and others are women. Some of them follow football closely, ...

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