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Concussion Expert on Youth Sports: “Time to Make Some Decisions”

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Football season has increasingly become a time of unease for parents of young athletes struggling with a dilemma: to play, or not to play. WBHM’s health and science reporter Dan Carsen checks in with, Dr. Elizabeth Sandel, who has been studying brain trauma for more than three decades.

Takeaways from their conversations are featured in this article:

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