Protecting Athletes: Concussions

Protecting Athletes: Concussions

Kojo explores steps professional and amateur sports organizations are taking, and not taking, to protect athletes from severe head injuries.

Conversations about protecting athletes from concussions more often than not focus solely on football. But several incidents at this summer's World Cup triggered questions about what FIFA, soccer's governing body, does to keep players safe. Kojo explores the emerging science and policies behind debates about concussions and professional and amateur sports.


Stephen Haas

Former Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sibley Hospital (Washington, D.C.); Former Team Physician, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, 1996 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball; Venue Medical Director, 1994 FIFA World Cup

Juliet Macur

Reporter, The New York Times

Robert Stern

Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology; Clinical Core Director, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center; Co-Founder, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine

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