Lauren Smith Offers Advice For Parents of Young Football Players

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Dr. Lauren Smith is the interim health commissioner of the state Department of Public Health in Massachusetts, and was instrumental in state legislation to force high school coaches to be more educated about concussions, as well as requiring approval from a physician before an athlete with a possible brain injury can return to play.

After the recent study connecting TBI to CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Deborah Kotz from the Boston Globe sat down with Dr. Smith to discuss what the new findings could mean for parents.

If you are the parent of a child who is interested in playing football, I highly suggest checking out her interview. There aren’t many definitive answers, but there is some solid insight as to what our current understanding of brain damage is, as well as how that translates to providing safe experiences for young athletes.

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