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    Sidelined: The Future of Football

    What strides need to be made in football, on and off the field?

    Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10:00 - 11:15 AM @ Morningstar
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    CTE Experts on the Future of Football
    Otis Wilson
    Former NFL Linebacker
    Bennet Omalu
    Neuropathologist, Professor & Author
    Warren Sapp
    NFL Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle
    Peggy Kusinski
    Emmy Award–Winning Sports Reporter, NBC5 Chicago
    Chris Nowinski
    Co-Founder & CEO, Concussion Legacy Foundation
    CONVERSATION - Conversations are panel discussions that provide an in-depth, up-to-the-minute look at a single topic. Featuring three to four thought leaders and an expert moderator, Conversations consist of a 60-minute discussion, followed by 15 minutes of audience q-and-a.

    How can football evolve to better protect the athletes out on the field? As retired football players begin a battle with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and more doctors are studying how this degenerative disease can be prevented, it begs the question as to what can be done to make the sport safer without losing its identity. At this Conversation, physicians, former players and coaches will break down this game of inches and examine what strides need to be made, both on and off the field.

    Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 10:00 - 11:15 AM
    22 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
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    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    • Attend the Chicago Ideas Week Lab, The Future of Sport: Designing for Competitive Advantage. You'll get to explore innovations in predictive data modeling to mixed reality for an athletic advantage.
    • Listen to moms of newly drafted NFL rookies talk about the sacrifices their sons have made.
    • Take a look at these findings on what football does to the brain here.
    • Read on why 90% of former football players test positive for a brain disease.
    • Check out this video exploring one footballer’s brain.
    • Brainstorm ways how football could be made safer. Tweet them to your favorite player, coach, or news caster.
    • Add to your library Why Football Matters.
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