AR author brings awareness to head injuries in sports

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

"I spoke with experts fromBoston University, Purdue University and the University of Michigan," saidMcClafferty. "Experts that have done studies on not only college level but highschool level football players."

McClafferty explained thatfinally after years of conducting studies, researchers found that several hitsto the head can cause serious damage.

"Only through some ofthose early football players, who passed away and donated their brains to bestudied, that chronic traumatic encephalopathy was really shown exist," saidMcClafferty.

She said the most shockinginformation in her research came when she started looking more into high schoolfootball players.

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

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

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

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