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“U.S. launches study into youth sports concussions,” http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/07/us-concussion-idUSBRE9060TG20130107

Sponsors of the study include the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.

The National Football League underwrote the CDC’s “Heads Up” “concussion awareness” “campaign” with a $150,000 grant. See “Political Football: Centers for Disease Control in NFL’s Pocket, Too, on Concussion Issue,” https://concussioninc.net/?p=4853.

And the NFL last year gave $30 million to NIH. See “National Public Health Is a Cheap Date – NFL Buys Off Congress and the Media With $30 Million Grant to NIH,” https://concussioninc.net/?p=6001.

So no one should be surprised when in the fourth paragraph of Reuters’ report, Robert Graham, the head of the panel, is quoted saying, “You start talking about, ‘Is it safe for Sally to be playing soccer?,’ you get lots of public interest.”

Let’s make sure we talk about the military, where people go to fight and die in non-pretend wars. Let’s make sure we talk about girls’ soccer. Let’s make sure we dilute the discussion of the lifelong harm inflicted on countless American boys every year playing the manly-man’s game of football.

 

Irv Muchnick

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