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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- An Arkansas native is touring the area promoting her new book. Carla McClafferty is the author of Forth Down and Inches, Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moments. Her research comes from experts all over the nation.

"I spoke with experts from Boston University, Purdue University and the University of Michigan," said McClafferty. "Experts that have done studies on not only college level but high school level football players."

McClafferty explained that finally after years of conducting studies, researchers found that several hits to the head can cause serious damage.

"Only through some of those early football players, who passed away and donated their brains to be studied, that chronic traumatic encephalopathy was really shown exist," said McClafferty.

She said the most shocking information in her research came when she started looking more into high school football players.

"After experts followed a team of high school football players, they found some of those kids were getting more than 2,000 hits to the head in a season," said McClafferty.

She isn't trying to put football in a negative light, she just wants players to be safe.

"It's balanced with the love of the game of football," said McClafferty. "It's not a book that's against football, it's really to look at these issues and the research being done and looking at the reality."

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