Concussions are top issue now in pro sports

3:12 AM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The future of professional sports hinges on keeping players safe. That's according to several leaders in professional sports who are meeting this week in Minneapolis at a sports symposium hosted by former Minnesota Gopher and National Football League player Jack Brewer.

Panelists at the event include Michael Hausfield, a Washington attorney leading the class action claims of more than 3,000 former professional football players who are suing the NFL.

The symposium takes place as the NFL and United States military today announced a partnership to change attitudes and raise awareness about concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

Minnesota native and Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald is among the NFL players who met this week at the Pentagon with former players and coaches, league medical personnel and representatives from the U.S. Army and Marines.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also met with military leaders to discuss progress in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions, head trauma and resultant illnesses.

The NFL plans to have military members attend team training camps starting next month to further exchange ideas.

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