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Concussions

Power of the Permit: Improving Youth Sports Safety One Municipality at a Time

Brooke de Lench | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

If you are involved in a private youth sports program which plays on publicly-owned fields, diamonds, rinks, or courts, or are in local government, you have probably been hearing a lot lately about what is being dubbed the "power of the permit".

King-Devick Concussion Test Should Be Part of High School Football

Ken Reed | Posted 07.10.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

In a few weeks, high school football teams across the country will be starting practice for the 2015 season. It's an exciting time for athletes, coaches and parents. However, before the players put on helmets and pads for the first time a concussion awareness protocol needs to be followed.

NHL Player Retires At 24 Due To Concussions

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports

A sad end to a once-promising career.

Travis Waldron

Lawmakers Take Aim At 'Abysmal Cesspool' Of College Sports

HuffingtonPost.com | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.12.2015 | Sports

The bill could give the federal government a role in reshaping the way the NCAA treats college athletes.

25-Year-Old NFL Player Steps Away From Game To Allow Brain To Heal

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.06.2015 | Sports

"I've decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL."

The Warriors' Second-Most Important Player Is Out Indefinitely

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 05.29.2015 | Sports

This could be a big blow to the Warriors' championship chances.

Charles Barkley Rips NFL For Its 'Serious Issue With Concussions'

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports

Chuck is fed up with concussions in the NFL.

Joe Namath Wouldn't Play Football If He Could Do It All Over Again

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Sports

Another legend gives up on the game that made him famous.

Separated at Birth: Football Coach Tom Parr, Football Founder Walter Camp

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.30.2015 | Sports
Robert David Jaffee

While pro football, in spite of its recent controversies, gained top Nielsen ratings this past season, even President Obama, a fan of the sport, stated that, if he had a son, he would have to think "long and hard" as to whether he would let him play the game. Such caution is not new.

Using Your Head

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 06.12.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.