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Despite rising concerns over concussions, this doctor prescribes football


Before the start of the 2015 season, Breck football coach Jon Martin held his usual meeting with parents of his players, giving them the lowdown on how he runs the program and trying to soothe fears stoked by media-fueled horror stories about head injuries.

“I got on my soapbox and talked about all of the reasons football is the greatest game and its benefits, like teamwork, camaraderie and discipline,” he said. “Everything I believe in.”

Afterward, the mother of a freshman player new to the school walked up to Martin and introduced herself. She was Dr. Uzma Samadani, an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota and attending neurosurgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center.


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