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NFL concussion study: Queen's University expert

2013-02-06

Queen’s University concussion expert Garth Smith is available to talk today about a UCLA study of NFL football players many are calling a “major breakthrough” that may change the way pro athletes are treated for concussions.

Previously, researchers could only discover proteins that show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after studying a player’s brain after he died. But researchers at UCLA have used brain scans to find the protein in five living former NFL players. Being able to find CTE in a living person will help doctors make advances in treatment.

Dr. Smith is a Queen’s School of Medicine professor who specializes in concussions and agrees this is an important study.

Please note Dr. Smith is only available for phone interviews.

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