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Stone Phillips Chats About Youth-Football’s Concussion Crisis

By Bryan Toporek — April 03, 2012 1 min read
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Investigative reporter Stone Phillips spent an hour Tuesday chatting on about the dangers of concussions in youth football, in honor of PBS airing his report, “Hard Hits, Hard Numbers,” on Monday night.

In the piece, Phillips, a former “Dateline NBC” anchor, examined findings from a joint Virginia Tech-Wake Forest study that measured the severity of head impacts endured by 7- and 8-year-old football players. The study, which I wrote about in February, found that most of the high-level impacts for these young athletes came during practice, not in games.

Phillips originally posted “Hard Hits, Hard Numbers” on his website, Stone Phillips Reports, last year. PBS showed a slightly condensed version on Monday night after PBS “Newshour” executive producer Linda Winslow was told about the piece by a colleague, according to the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.