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Concussions: What We Know Now and How to Respond

David Hassler

With the NFL recently admitting that repeated blows to the head can cause degenerative brain disease, we take a time-out to scan the research on brain trauma, including innovations in reducing incidents and assessing concussions.  But is what we're learning discouraging participation in contact sports? And is rising concern over brain injury backed by science?


  • Dr. Stuart Glassman, a rehabilitation medicine physician & concussion specialist at Granite Physiatry in Concord, and Medical Director of Concord Hospital's Concussion Assessment and Management Program.
  • Scott Eagleson, chair of the Little Warriors Football program, a program for 3rd through 8th graders, developing football players for Winnacunnet High School
  • Yorghos Tripodis, associate professor of biostatistics at Boston University School of Health. He's been studying the number of hits a person receives and how this affects brain function later in life.
  • Eric Schwartz, chair of the UNH Department of Kinesiology. He has been studying helmet-less tackling in practice at UNH
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