Field Goal

How scientists are making football safer

It's a given that football players will get roughed up on the field. But how much is too much?

A recent study of retired NFL players shows they are four times as likely to die of a brain disorder like Alzheimer's as those who didn't play. And former players like ex--Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien who say they weren't adequately protected on the gridiron have filed a class action against the league, putting the NFL on the defensive. Commissioner Roger Goodell has vowed to make the game safer; last year the league helped decrease concussions 40% by moving the kickoff from the...

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