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ANCHOR LEAD:  THE NFL IS TAKING THE LEAD IN EFFORTS TO RESEARCH MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

A unique partnership has formed between the National Football League and Johns Hopkins Medicine to assess research related to mild traumatic brain injury.  Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, explains.

GOODELL:  I think we are leaders in this area because it affects our athletes but it’s also a much broader issue beyond sports.  If we can find out more about these injuries, the causes, the treatment, and what can effectively return people back to a normal state of lifestyle, then it’s going to be good for everybody.  That’s what we’re hoping to be able to do and lead in that medical advancement.   :20

Goodell says he’s not worried that rigorous scientific scrutiny will inexorably alter the game of football.

GOODELL:  I don’t have any fears other than trying to find out as much information as quickly as possible.  We emphasized this morning the importance of transparency and making sure we have the best possible medical information to help our athletes, and I think it extends well beyond football.  :16

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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