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Protecting young athletes

As awareness grows of the long-term effects from concussions and other injuries, the question becomes how should we protect our children who play sports?

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Illinois State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Lincolnshire) introduces and explains the reasoning behind legislation aimed at protecting young athletes.

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Bob Peiper, head football coach of Glenbrook North High School, states his allegiance to the IHSA and voices concerns regarding the bill.

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Dr. Neeru Jayanthi explains research which found that focusing on a single sport may be more harmful than enjoying multiple physical activities, year-round.

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Dr. Neeru Jayanthi practices what he preaches as he participates in a doubles tennis tournament in 2011 (Jeff Cagle / For the Chicago Tribune)

Attorney Joseph Siprut joins Mike to discuss the risk of head injuries in football. Siprut suggests ways to mitigate and police these injuries instead of turning a blind eye to the issues that are affecting football players in the college level as well as the NFL.

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