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Topic - Julian Bailes
As mild traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy have become household phrases, participation in the country's most popular sport has slumped.
Pop Warner, the nation's oldest and largest youth football organization, is requiring a note from a doctor before letting anyone who's suffered a head injury back on the field.
"Overall this is a very safe activity," he said. "You've got to put it in the context of alternative activities."
"There's a natural ebb and flow in the popularity of sports but I do think that the concern about concussions, concern about the brain injuries, is also a major cause for concern in parents," said Dr. Julian Bailes, co-director of NorthShore University HealthSystem's Neurological Institute in Evanston, Ill., and Pop Warner's chief medical officer.