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11. Professional and local sports teams tackle concussion safety
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The Island's 116 varsity teams are taking the steps to comply with a state law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, which provides guidelines for evaluating and treating a player who may have a concussion. In the pros, head safety grabbed attention in light of reports that Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain ailment related to Alzheimer's disease that is caused by repeated blows to the head. Boogaard died in May of an accidental overdose. CTE can be diagnosed only after death.
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