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In Europe, Echoes of America as Concussions Spur Debate

The debate over how to respond to the growing research linking brain trauma to injuries sustained in sports has spread to Europe, with many of the same dynamics seen in recent years as the issue gained momentum in the United States.

Medical experts are calling for change, some leagues and athletes are resisting in the name of tradition and spectator appeal, and lawmakers are inquiring about how officials are handling the possibility that their sports could be tied to long-term cognitive impairment. That script is similar to the one that has played out in American sports, most notably football.

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