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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Leading CTE Expert Speaks Out

Ken Reed | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Ken Reed

Ann McKee, M.D., is a neuropathologist who specializes in neurodegenerative disease, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), at Boston Unive...

Patriots Running Back Had ‘Unprecedented’ Degree Of CTE When He Died

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 11.05.2016 | Home

Former NFL running back Kevin Turner suffered from the most advanced stage of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease linked ...

Muhammad Ali Suffered For Our Sins

Tom Allon | Posted 06.06.2016 | Home
Tom Allon

Ali with The Beatles in 1964 If Cassius Clay had excelled as a baseball player instead of as a pro boxer he'd probably have charmed us with h...

BMX Star Dave Mirra Had CTE When He Died, Doctors Say

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.03.2017 | Home

Dave Mirra, the legendary athlete who helped popularize BMX in the world of extreme sports, suffered from chronic brain damage when he died in Februar...

Brandi Chastain’s Decision To Donate Brain Is A Win For Women Athletes

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.03.2016 | Home

Soccer legend Brandi Chastain has pledged to donate her brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy research. The 47-year-old, best known for her 1999...

Mike Golic's 'Right Way' for Youth Football is Scary

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 02.10.2017 | Home
Brian Patrick Harmon

About a year ago in a column, I called out ESPN radio host Mike Golic for his on-air suggestions that football is as safe as it's ever been and for his unwavering support of "Heads Up." Sunday morning, I called him out again.

NFL Insists Football Is Safe Even As List Of Players With CTE Grows

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.08.2016 | Home

The Super Bowl is a beloved American tradition, with a heavy cash flow that leads back to the National Football League -- ad spots this year went for ...

Play Ball, Play Smart

Merril Hoge | Posted 01.15.2017 | Home
Merril Hoge

It's been almost four decades since the playing days of Mike Webster and over 20 years since I left professional football. Since then, there have been numerous changes to the game, significant improvements in equipment, dramatic advancements in concussion testing and research, and effective new treatments.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

Mom Links Her Athlete Son's Death To This Football-Related Brain Disease

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.30.2015 | Home

Paul Bright died at 24 last year in a motorcycle accident, but his mother, Kimberly Archie, believes there's more to the story than meets the eye. Br...

Why I'm Not a Football Apologist or Anti-Football Zealot: I'm a Pro-Safety Realist

Brooke de Lench | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Brooke de Lench

As I await tonight's advance screening in Boston of Sony Pictures' movie, Concussion, which opens nationwide on Christmas Day, the polarized debate over football has once again reached a fever pitch.

ESPN Analyst Blames 'Liberal Media' For 'War On Football'

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.08.2015 | Home

The New York Times published an editorial on Monday that questioned whether parents should allow kids to play football, given increased awareness abou...

Former NHL Enforcer Says The League Is 'In Denial' On Concussions

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.01.2015 | Home

More than 15 years after Rudy Poeschek played his 364th and final game in the NHL, and a dozen years since he gave up on the minor leagues and retired...

Pediatrics Group's Position on Tackling in Youth Football Strikes Right Balance

Brooke de Lench | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Brooke de Lench

A multi-pronged approach to football safety, such as advocated by the AAP in its Policy Statement, and by the experts with whom I work on daily basis, is working. We just have to keep not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

Could Marijuana Help Prevent the Rare Brain Disease Afflicting Football Players?

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Derek Rosenfeld

The science is in, Commissioner Goodell. The NFL needs to put science ahead of politics and reform its marijuana policy accordingly. It's painfully obvious.

Chris Borland and the Courage to Avoid Avoidance Behavior

Ken Reed | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Ken Reed

The recent headline atop an excellent ESPN article by investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and his brother Mark Fainaru-Wada says retired San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is "the most dangerous man in football."

Autism Without Fear: Will 'The Player's Tribune' Introduce the First 'Out' Spectrum Pro Athlete?

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Michael John Carley

In case anyone's missed it, there's a social revolution happening in the world of pro sports. In a natural extension of society, doing away with "th...

Chris Borland Retirement Decision: 3 Lessons for Sports Parents

Brooke de Lench | Posted 05.23.2015 | Home
Brooke de Lench

The decision by San Francisco 49er Chris Borland to retire from the NFL after just one season out of concern for the long-term effect of head trauma has predictably generated a media firestorm. But lost amid the hoopla is what it means for sports parents.

Like Chris Borland, Risk Not Worth Reward For Millions of Youth Players

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Home
Brian Patrick Harmon

When it comes to great sports moments, Hail Mary touchdowns can't touch this. Walk-off home runs? Forget it. Even a March Madness buzzer-beater dulls in comparison. Chris Borland's retirement from the NFL blows them all away.

Here's What We Know About Football And Brain Injuries

Posted 03.18.2015 | Home

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 03/18/2015 10:51 AM EDT The up-and-coming professional football player Chris Borland, of the San Francisco 49ers...

Does Football Have a Future?

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Home
Marian Salzman

The Super Bowl is coming soon to big screens everywhere. I'll still watch the big game (being in advertising and marketing for three decades, I have to at least see the ads), but my mind is more and more on the minds of the players.

BOMBSHELL: 76 Of 79 Deceased NFL Players Had Brain Disease

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.01.2014 | Home

A shocking report from PBS Frontline says 76 of 79 deceased NFL players suffered from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy ...

Real Men and Traumatized Seahorses: The Legacy of War and Contact Sports

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.27.2014 | Home
Jeff Ritterman, MD

He can't remember his daughter playing soccer. Sometimes he has trouble finishing his sentences. He is Brett Favre, one of the greatest football quarterbacks of all time.

Having a Son Has Ruined Football for Me

Scott Benner | Posted 04.02.2014 | Home
Scott Benner

The boy in me who was raised on Buddy Ryan football was shocked to hear himself say no. My ego and pride were alive with the notion that someone thought my son would be a good football player, but the idea of him banging his head into other people terrified me.

Kansas City Chiefs in Hot Water: Catching Up With Plaintiffs' Counsel in Several Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against the Club

The Legal Blitz | Posted 03.24.2014 | Home
The Legal Blitz

The various lawsuits have been filed in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. On the forefront of concussion litigation, and a Missouri attorney himself, is Paul D. Anderson.