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Payson’s Jared Varner makes a hard tackle. Varner suffered a concussion late in the season, likely ending his football career. Such injuries and the death of a Hopi player have focused attention on a problem that has also bedeviled other sports.

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Deadly concussion risk hits home

Prep player’s death shines harsh light on head blows in many sports

Jared Varner wasn’t sure where he was. The Payson High senior was dazed as he staggered to his feet. His mind was cloudy after the violent collision he’d just experienced.

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