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Medical News & Perspectives
January 23/30, 2002

Football Brain Injuries Draw Increased Scrutiny

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JAMA. 2002;287(4):437-439. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.437

"We just got one that's 11 meters per second."

"That's incredible."

"He got hurt. He was a punt returner, standing still as he got hit."

As two biokinetic engineers recount a video analysis of head-to-head football collisions, the dangers of the sport emerge.

"From my experience in auto safety, that's an incredible speed," said David Viano, PhD, a General Motors (GM) safety engineer who serves on a National Football League (NFL) committee studying concussions. In fact, 11 meters per second is a speed for cars, not people: 25 mph.