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  1. Prof. McKee. The research you are conducting is compelling and I wish it could have a strenuous effect on the nation’s addiction to football as ‘the national sport’. I’ve read that the number of donated brains from damaged
    players has exponentially increased…leading me to ask how this might translate to effective communication to
    the general public – to literally reduce the number of young people who enter the field, and reduce the countries
    addition to the game. Obviously, not a short term effort.
    Can we personalize individual stories with photos of the selected player during healthy and deteriorating
    phases of their life, adding the research X-ray/test photos to dramatize the losses? This effort might
    involve the BU professionals in Communication disciplines as a regular podcast or submission to newspapers
    for publication. Obviously their families would want input but I suspect they would encourage a campaign.
    Ideally, if parents were more aware of the injury potential, programs might diminish as young athletes chose
    different avenues and parents/school boards support of the leagues was lost.

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