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Sports: "Big Hits" / Concussions #1013223

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jan 27, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The issue of sports-related concussions in the US as reported in CNN's "Big Hits" introduced.

(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) The impact of concussions on the brains of athletes examined; scenes shown of Nathan Stiles on the high school football field just before he died of second impact syndrome. [Player's mother Connie STILES†- talks about her son and football.] [Bedford VA Medical Center neuropathologist brain researcher Dr. Ann McKEE†- comments on the brain damages from repeated blows to the head and how teens are more at risk.] Brain diagrams shown. The complications in diagnosing this Alzheimer's-like process and why helmets are not the solution discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The Sunday airing of "Big Hits" announced.

Cooper, Anderson;
Gupta, Sanjay

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