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Bob Hohler

Conflicts arise in sports-related concussions fight

The pitchman at the podium, Chris Nowinski, is a former Harvard football player and professional wrestler (ring name: Chris Harvard) who believes he took too many dangerous hits to the head and decided to do something about it.

Nowinski has made a career out of calling national attention to the damage wrought by traumatic brain injuries in sports. He has written a book (“Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis’’), co-produced a film documentary of his story, pioneered medical research by procuring the brains of deceased athletes for postmortem exams, and created the nonprofit Sports Legacy Institute to raise awareness about the life-altering threat of repeated head blows in athletics.

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