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Evidence of brain damage from head injuries mounts

Autopsies focus on athletes

The most extensive examination to date of deceased athletes’ brains shows that most had signs of brain damage after suffering repeated head injuries — including two high school football players who died in their teens.

The study, to be published Monday by Boston University School of Medicine researchers, reports on the autopsies of 85 brain donors, most of them professional athletes. It comes as concerns mount over the dangers of head injuries in contact sports and some call for banning tackle football for younger children.

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