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  • Brigham and Women’s chief named NFL medical adviser

    Boston Globe - 02/09/2015

    Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, a cardiologist, will remain president of the Brigham but will join the NFL in a consulting role on player safety, working directly with its commissioner, Roger Goodell, and other league officials, the NFL said. Her appointment comes as the NFL has embarked on a high-profile campaign to reduce the prevalence of concussions and other football injuries.

    But changing the culture of the NFL won’t be easy, league watchers said, whether dealing with head injuries or other issues.

    “It’s uncharted territory,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. “Hypermasculinity is woven through the entire fabric of professional male sports, and the NFL is the biggest sports and entertainment brand in the country. There’s a general undercurrent of toughness that can impede the acceptance of medical advances.”

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