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Concussions

Using Your Head

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Heather Gillis-Harris

Letting your child play football has become as frowned upon as feeding your baby formula from a bottle. I get it. Parents are scared their child will suffer a concussion if they allow them to throw on the pads and helmet. Yes, it is a high contact sport

The Unscripted Side of Professional Wrestling

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Sports
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Critics of professional wrestling organizations often claim that because wrestling is "choreographed," it is completely fake. However, the injuries pro wrestlers sustain are in fact very real and very dangerous.

Controversial Headgear Mandate for Girl's Lacrosse Ignored Science

Brooke de Lench | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

Suffice it to say, the new mandate hasn't made anybody happy and has garnered plenty of vocal detractors (and rightly so), from US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body to coaches who don't see the flimsy headband approved by FHSAA as serving any purpose.

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Just two weeks after her wedding, Nicole was in a serious motor vehicle crash. Even though she walked away from her totaled vehicle with almost no vi...

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Retires Over Concussion Concerns

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports

The third 20-something to retire in the past week.

49ers Rookie Chris Borland Quits Over Head Trauma Safety Concerns

ESPN | Posted 03.17.2015 | Training

BERKELEY, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL's top rookies last season, told "Outside the Lines" on Monday that he...

Think Concussions Just Happen to Kids Playing Contact Sports? Think Again

Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D.

Early detection of concussion can be a significant step toward shortening recovery time and preventing complications from a subsequent injury. It's important for parents to understand that concussion risk is not limited to the boundaries of a playing field.

Concussiongate: Who Tanked the NFL's In-helmet Sensor Program?

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2015 | Sports
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

Just when you thought it was safe to trust the NFL to handle the issues of concussions and long-term brain damage appropriately, the league reverted to form and proved otherwise.

Warren Moon: NFL Is ‘Finally' Doing The Right Things With Concussion Policy

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Sports

"I think they finally are [making the game safer]. I really think they are."

What You Don't Know About Concussions

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennie Shulkin

Hopefully once more light is shed on the subject matter, concussion sufferers will no longer have to experience the shame and isolation that, despite the head injury, I remember so well.

The Super Bowl Overshadowed A Disturbing New Study Of Youth Football

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 02.05.2015 | Sports

While you were all talking about "deflategate" last week, an important study was quietly published.

16 Games for 16 Year Olds?

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 03.31.2015 | Teen
Avi Sholkoff

As someone who has avidly watched and followed football for years, I failed to grasp the severity of the many injuries. I ignored the commentators and analysts who believed that football needed to get safer.

From Trauma to Drama: A Perspective on Head Injuries in Football

Philip Hunt | Posted 03.28.2015 | Sports
Philip Hunt

The game of football is being highly scrutinized and rightfully so. Wait, what? Yes, I think that there should be a national conversation about football and all other activities that could lead to concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

Soccer Might Make Us Dumber

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

Why is it that the fun and satisfaction of participating in sports overwhelms our recognition that they could significantly destroy our body, be it the knee or the brain? The answer, I believe, is that as athletes we just can't comprehend the impact of the damage.

Learning From Adversity in 2014

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

2014 was one of the worst years ever for in many ways. It opened up lots of unpleasant doors, but as the cliché goes, for a writer, everything is material, no matter how awful. Even when we're suffering, part of us is observing the situation and thinking, "This would make a great story."

Should My Child Play Football?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

All sports, like life itself, involve risks. Unless we intend to keep our children by our sides, safe from the potential of injury, growing up entails dangers to life and limb.

The Discourse Of Compassion Shaping Some Of Our Most Important Current Controversies In Sports

Andrei Markovits | Posted 02.22.2015 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have termed the "discourse of compassion" that has altered what is morally acceptable behavior in the United States.

How Young Is Too Young To Be Playing Football?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

While the dangers of concussions and head injuries for NFL players has generated plenty of conversation and litigation in recent years, professional a...

Brain-injury Program Working With NFL Players

AP | Posted 02.15.2015 | Sports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to incl...

Knock to the Head: A High School Football Player's Story of Traumatic Brain Injury

Journey Bailey | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Journey Bailey

Something felt terribly wrong. At first I was just a little woozy. Five minutes later I threw up Taco Del Mar all over the locker room floor, and then had the unfortunate aim of collapsing in it. It was clear that this was unlike any concussion I had received in my past.

Columbia Football Coach Resigns Amid Abuse Claims

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

Following reports this week that dozens of football players have accused Columbia University football coach Pete Mangurian of mistreating the team, th...

Complex Portrait Of Ohio State Player Emerges After His Death

Sports Illustrated | Posted 12.05.2014 | Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kosta Karageorge cut a looming figure on the Ohio State campus with his 6-foot-3, 273-pound frame, penchant for riding his motorcycl...

Face It: Can We Be a Country Without Football?

Michele Willens | Posted 02.03.2015 | Sports
Michele Willens

I have heard people predict that the NFL could be gone a decade from now. But they are quickly reminded that it is the most popular spectator sport, (as were the gladiators) and the networks won't part with all that money.

The Devastating Health Impact Of Concussion May Start Earlier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

For the Ohio State community, Thanksgiving weekend ended in tragedy when 22-year-old football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead of apparent suici...

Brain Of Dead Ohio State Player To Be Examined Over Concussion History

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and RUSTY MILLER | Posted 01.31.2015 | Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of...