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Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva compete in the women's duets synchronized swimming technical routine preliminary on Monday in Rio de Janeiro. Koroleva has suffered several concussions over the years. Al Bello/Getty Images hide caption

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When Swimmers Get Out Of Sync, The Result Can Be A Kick In The Head

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The Gray Team with Maj. Jennifer Bell (center), who ran a concussion clinic, seen in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2010: Col. Michael Jaffee (from left) , Capt. James Hancock, Col. Geoffrey Ling, Lt. Col. Shean Phelps and Col. Robert Saum. Courtesy of Christian Macedonia hide caption

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How A Team Of Elite Doctors Changed The Military's Stance On Brain Trauma

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Kit Parker's Story Part I

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Most people who say they've had a concussion say they sought out medical care at the time. Science Photo Libra/Getty Images hide caption

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Poll: Nearly 1 In 4 Americans Reports Having Had A Concussion

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Months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, you may sleep more hours, but the sleep isn't restorative, a study suggests. iStockphoto hide caption

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A Concussion Can Lead To Sleep Problems That Last For Years

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Before Monday, no NFL official had publicly acknowledged a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Here, members of the Denver Broncos are seen after one of their teammates suffered a concussion during a game in late 2014. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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In A First, NFL Executive Admits Football Is Linked To Brain Damage

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John Castello decided to stop playing football when he learned about the risks of brain injury. Dave Marmarelli/DGM Photography hide caption

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The Impact Of 'Concussion': High School Football Player Changes Course

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Garrison Pennington (right, No. 42) tackles a player during Albany High School's 2014-2015 season — the last he would play. Courtesy of Ned Purdom hide caption

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Quitting The Gridiron When Football Runs Through The Family

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'NFL Confidential': Anonymous Player On Why He Loathes The League

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The Alto Yellowjackets take the field on Nov. 13, a month after Matthews died. Lauren Silverman/NPR hide caption

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Deaths Persist In Youth And Student Football Despite Safety Efforts

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Germany's Alexandra Popp and the U.S.'s Morgan Brian collide during a World Cup semifinal in June. Both were injured, but continued to play. Brad Smith//ISI/Corbis hide caption

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Concussions Can Be More Likely In Practices Than In Games

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High school athlete Graham Hill, number 50, suffered a concussion in 2013 while playing football at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. Courtesy of Jeffrey McWhorter hide caption

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High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

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Making and taking a hit chest to chest, instead of skull to skull, is easier to remember if you're not wearing a helmet, say University of New Hampshire Wildcat football players. Jack Rodolico/New Hampshire Public Radio hide caption

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Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Curb Concussions

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Go Big Green! Dartmouth is testing the VGo robot to help diagnose concussions when neurologists aren't at the game. Mark Washburn/Courtesy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock hide caption

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Walt Whitman High School's Caroline Schweitzer runs through a host of Severna Park High School defenders during a semifinal game in Maryland's Class 4A/3A lacrosse tournament in May. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012. Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images hide caption

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