I just attended a free informational presentation on concussions at a local hospital. With the amount of publicity concussions have gotten in the news lately, due to the number of former and current NFL players committing acts now attributed to brain injuries acquired during their playing days, I was curious about the latest findings and research on the subject.
It wasn’t just another headline in the newspaper or soberly delivered report on TV.
Chad Stover played high school football close to here, in the small, central Missouri town of Tipton. He’d turned 17 on November 8, just six days before he died without awakening from a hit he took near the end of a game on Halloween night – tragically underscoring an escalating debate over the safety of America’s favorite sport and whether, or how, it must evolve to survive.