Former NFL Pro Bowler Fred McCrary and others weigh risks of concussions and youth sports

BY newsdesk  October 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM EDT


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Although much of the attention surrounding concussions has centered on pro football and how the NFL has handled it over the years, the PBS NewsHour will focus tonight on the questions surrounding youth sports. A new report from the Institute of Medicine has an extensive look at how the prevalence of concussions has gone up, and whether there are a different series of problems with the culture surrounding these sports.

The NewsHour Wednesday will have a group of panelists who have dealt with these questions in their own work. The panel includes Dr. Robert Graham, the chair of the IOM committee that wrote the report; athletic trainer Tamara McLeod, who works with schools; and former Pro Bowl fullback Fred McCrary, who played for 11 years in the league and now coaches his own boys, but not without some qualms. The team at Sports Illustrated recently documented McCrary’s own experiences: