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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter John Reid on his investigation into the connection between football and concussions and what is being done to prevent and treat them (01:16).

One of the premier facilities in America treating veterans and NFL players for traumatic brain injury and other issues has chosen Jacksonville as its location for expansion into the Southeast.

The renowned Eisenhower Center, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, settled on North Florida because of this area’s international recognition as a destination for medical excellence with unparalleled resources to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans, athletes, first responders, and any citizen with brain injury to PTSD.

And Eisenhower has chosen a beloved former NFL player to serve as the public face of this expansion, former Jaguars quarterback and current Episcopal School of Jacksonville football coach Mark Brunell. He'll provide national, regional and local outreach for the initiative, and represent the NFL Players' Association.

Brunell and John Cornack, CEO of the Eisenhower Center, join us with more.

The new film "Concussion" is reigniting the debate over concussions and long-lasting neurological effects on football players.

We examine the impact of concussions on athletes, and look at locally-developed technology that could protect against them. Joining us are neurologist Dr. Syed Asad, and Rick Johnson, principal, and Jeff Legeer, marketing consultant, at the Jacksonville company Sports Technologies, LLC.


As the latest film in the Hunger Games franchise opens this week, First Coast Connect pop culture philosophy contributor Nicolas Michaud has thoughts on dangerous entertainment both onscreen and on the field.

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The NFL season is over, but the concern over sports concussions is as alive as ever.

Football is unique in that most players participate in only half the game — offense or defense.