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In a stunning announcement today, the family of former NFL star Frank Gifford — who died in August — said that the Hall of Famer was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive brain disease caused by head trauma, at the time of his death. We decided to disclose our loved one’s condition to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s.

If you’re a parent of a child who plays sports including football lacrosse, soccer, or hockey, chances are you’ve considered the very real risk of concussion associated with impact sports. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that causes swelling and alters the way your brain functions until it’s healed.

The movie "Concussion" opened last week and it's generating a lot of discussion, on many fronts. Doctors at Mayo Clinic hope all the talk will raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries. David Soma, M.D., played high school and collegiate football. Now, as a pediatrician, sports medicine specialist and a father, he has interesting perspectives on the whole concussion discussion.