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“Brain Expert: Kids Shouldn’t Play Contact Sports”

WCVB-TV 5, Boston

Because of Dr. Robert Cantu’s status in the sports concussion-reform world, this news is both a major development in and of itself, and a major credibility boost for the Boston University Medical School’s Center for the Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, whose independence had been called into question by its acceptance of a $1 million grant from the National Football League. I hope Cantu and his Sports Legacy Institute co-founder Chris Nowinski will now advocate aggressively for the implementation of this position.

Earlier Cantu’s highly regarded research colleague, Dr. Ann McKee, had talked candidly in media interviews regarding her misgivings about tackle football for her own children. It is good to add Cantu’s voice to that call. Whatever we think about the thrills, entertainment value, or even character-building properties of football, it is simply not an activity for young, still-developing brains.


Irv Muchnick

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