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NFL Hosts Concussion Think Tank With Medical Officials From FIFA, Other Sports
Published August 26, 2014
CONCUSSION COUNT: In Philadelphia, Tom Mahon cites data from the @NFLconcussions Twitter feed as showing that there have "been 66 concussions in 49 NFL preseason games" so far this year. Former NFLer Dave Pear "isn't surprised." He said, "It's probably way more than that. In the preseason, guys want to make teams, so they aren't going to say they're hurt" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/26). FS1's Joel Klatt said concussions "are not going anywhere, and they're in this sport." Football is an inherently dangerous sport "played by increasingly athletic and large people and they move very fast." FS1's Petros Papadakis said of long-term solutions to minimize head trauma, "Other than the NFL trying to legally cover themselves for lawsuits down the road and the window dressing of, 'We're doing all these things to protect players' -- and that's a good thing, that's not a bad thing. But other than that, nothing. This is a sport that people love because of the impact" ("Fox Sports Live," FS1, 8/26).