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Sports Illustrated, November 17, 2016
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A study conducted by Harvard Law School recommended that any medical personnel treating NFL players should stop reporting to team management or coaches.

The two-year study by the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School resulted in a 493-page report released on Thursday called "Protecting and Promoting the Health of NFL Players: Legal and Ethical Analysis and Recommendations." The study sets out to protect and promote the health of NFL players.

"The intersection of club doctors’ dual obligations creates significant legal and ethical quandaries that can threaten player health,” the report says.

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