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On Tuesday, Smith told reporters that while his union has differences with the NFL over how to address head injuries suffered during football games, "This is not a battle between us and the league." He also credited the NFL for doing a "tremendous job" to improve player safety in the past five years.
Other witnesses expected to testify included Rep. Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat and co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force; medical experts and former players, including former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber.
Among the medical experts on the witness list are researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, who announced last week that a football player who never competed beyond the college level suffered from a degenerative brain disease previously discovered in former NFL players.
It was the first time an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy was found in a player who did not advance past the college game, suggesting athletes could be at risk for CTE even if they don't play professionally. CTE, originally found in boxers, is caused by repetitive trauma to the brain, with similar symptoms to Alzheimer's disease.
Chris Nowinski, co-director of the Boston University center, planned to make a series of proposals at Wednesday's hearing, "to save football." Nowinski, a defensive tackle at Harvard University and former professional wrestler, suffered six concussions that he "can remember" between the ages of 19 and 23.
The proposals will be focused on youth, high school and college sports.
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