The July 27 New York Times article on Monday did not catch anyone by surprise who had read the original study. Please take the time to read the highlighted sections of this study available right here —->USA Football Report.

And rather than admit they misrepresented the findings, USA Football’s statement this morning in response to the NYTimes article just repeated they stand behind this study.

Please write your representatives in DC to act now.

We must ask congress to determine if USA Football knowingly lied in the May 13, 2016, congressional hearing using data they knew was false from an earlier report.

If so, parents must hear the truth about this recycled, manipulated, fantasy-based safety program directed at hiding the truth about the dangers of tackle football for children.

The timeline is clear.

Feb 2015 – Datalys gives US Football the initial “positive results” of a study based on ONE 2014 fall season. Marketing materials are pumped out to the public.

July 2015 – The formal study is published with a far different story showing a reduction in concussions only when HeadsUp is combined with Pop Warner PW contact limit rules. There was no control group to show PW alone. To be fair to Kerr, the list of “Limitations” on page 7 tell the story that this initial incomplete study must be followed up by further research which was never done.

10 months pass –  NFL/USA Football does not change the marketing marketing of the discrepancies from the peer-reviewed study, even when this study is to be used the keystone of the NFL/USA Football’s written testimony, oral presentation and the accompanying slide deck.

On May 13, 2016, ANDREW GREGORY, M.D., Medical Advisory Committee Member of USA Football and Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical, gives official congressional testimony under oath based on the Feb not July data.

 

Please ask your representative to act on this for the sake of so many children – boys and girls – who are being exposed to brain injury at the hands of the NFL!!

Source Document:

USA Football Report

Comprehensive Coach Education and Practice Contact Restriction Guidelines Result in Lower Injury Rates in Youth American Football

Zachary Y. Kerr,* PhD, MPH, Susan Yeargin,† PhD, ATC,
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod,‡ PhD, ATC, FNATA, Vincent C. Nittoli,§ MS, ATC, James Mensch,† PhD, ATC, Thomas Dodge,|| PhD, ATC, Ross Hayden,* MA, and Thomas P. Dompier,*{ PhD, ATC

Investigation performed at Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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