The Ultimate Penalty: The Price of Contact Sports

Concerns about the long-term effects of contact sports continues to grow. 

At first, former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson dismissed the controversy over head-to-head hits in football. Slamming hard into opponents, going back on the field even if you couldn’t see straight—this was how the game was played. And he had come through just fine. Duerson had graduated from Notre Dame, played 11 years of pro ball, and was now the successful owner of a food-packing business. But concerns about the long-term effects of contact sports kept growing. In ...

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