Dr. Jonathan Lifshitz Hopes Tua Injury can Help Bring More Awareness to Brain Injuries

Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD, director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program and a professor of Child Health — who is credited for defining the "fencing response," which Tua Tagovailoa displayed after a hit on Thursday Night Football — joined TMZ Live to discuss the injury and broke down what exactly happened to his body.


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