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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


Press Release

For Release: Monday, November 2, 2013 

Launch of International Study of Male Athletes and Concussions

Study of Female Concussions Launches 2nd Study, to explore Male Athletes’ Experiences with Concussions



Katherine Snedaker, MSW, / 203-984-0860

Dr. Jimmy Sanderson, Clemson University / 864-656-3996

Norwalk, CT – Media attention and public interest in sports concussion injuries has been increasing at a rapid rate. As a result, it is important for researchers and concussion advocates to enhance research efforts on this very important topic. To provide some insight on female concussions, we launched a research study in October 2013, which focused on female athletes from all sports, and their past and present experiences with concussions. Via social media tweets & posts about the study, 652 women contacted us to participate. Of the 597 women who were eligible to participate and sent a link to the survey, 538 women completed the forty question online survey. This research study was also was designed to explore female verses male athletes’ experiences with reporting concussions, another salient avenue in the concussions dialogue, as many athletes do not report concussions willingly or are mis-diagnosed.

Now we are recruiting for a NEW IBR approved study of male athletes and their experiences with concussions in conjunction with our recent efforts to recruit female athletes to discuss their concussion experiences.

This research aims to explore reasons why male/female athletes would report or not report concussions and examine potential gender differences that can inform the athletic, medical, and academic communities.

Current and former male athletes are eligible for this study which will be conducted by researchers from Clemson University with the advocacy group, Pink Concussions. For this study, male athletes, age 18 and over, who are willing to participate can sign up now at Participants will be emailed a link to a twenty-minute online survey about their experiences with sports and non-sport concussions and reporting concussions.

The research also will investigate male/female athletes’ willingness to have genetic testing that may show links to the repair and recovery of brain cells after concussion. After finishing the survey, participants in the study can opt for an additional study and consider submitting DNA collected by a cheek swab to be tested for variants at the Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene.  Testing for certain genes has previously documented an association between specific genetic factors and outcomes from injuries such as concussion.

Apolipoprotein E is a protein that is important in the repair and recovery of brain cells that have been damaged due to concussion. The clinical studies point to a relationship between certain genetic signatures and poorer overall concussion response. While additional evidence is needed to better understand the relationship between APOE status and concussion outcomes, the American Academy of Neurology introduced APOE testing into concussion management guidelines this year.

This research will be beneficial in shedding light on and male female athletes’ experiences with concussions and reporting concussions. We hope the results of this research will help further concussion research by focusing on the communicative element present in this issue, and the results of the study will be helpful for athletes, parents, administrators, physicians, and advocates.

Co-Researchers in this study are Dr. Jimmy Sanderson and Dr. Melinda Weathers in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University, along with Ms. Katherine Snedaker, MSW, of

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For more information about this study, help in recruiting athletes or to participate in the study, please fill the contact form at or contact:

Dr. Jimmy Sanderson
Clemson University
Katherine Snedaker