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Quidditch is a fast-paced, co-ed, full-contact combination of dodgeball, rugby and basketball. Above, John Sheridan tries to score points by throwing a quaffle ball through the other team's hoop. Noah Fortson/NPR hide caption

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Mo Better Jaguars' coaches and players huddle at the end of practice at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, Brooklyn in September 2014. Courtesy of Albert Samaha hide caption

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Poor Students More Likely To Play Football, Despite Brain Injury Concerns

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Rams-Saints, Patriots-Chiefs Will Set Super Bowl LIII

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Research inspired by soccer headers has led to fresh insights into how the brain weathers hits to the head. Photo illustration by David Madison/Getty Images hide caption

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Bad Vibes: How Hits To The Head Are Transferred To The Brain

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A $30 million partnership between the NFL and the National Institutes of Health is set to expire at the end of August, with much of the NFL's pledged money unspent. Above, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in February. Bob Levey/Getty Images hide caption

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USA Football says it will be testing a new version of the game in select youth programs this fall that could become an alternative to tackle football and flag football. Adriana Varela Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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A soldier fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system during weapons practice in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Heavy weapons like these generate a shock wave that may cause brain injuries. Sgt. Benjamin Tuck/CJSOTF-A/DVIDS hide caption

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Pentagon Shelves Blast Gauges Meant To Detect Battlefield Brain Injuries

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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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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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