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Mommas, Don't Let your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
R.F. Hemphill

The NFL runs a terribly unsafe workplace by every reasonable definition.

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

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 09.22.2015 | Sports
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.

Yet Another NHL Enforcer Appears To Have Died By Suicide

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Sports

Police have decided to classify the death of former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen over the weekend as a suicide, the St. Louis County Police Department conf...

Concussion at Play: Get Involved to Protect Young Athletes

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Why is the number so high? In the realm of sports, there are many different voices that influence young people--parents, coaches, health care providers, school professionals, teammates, and even spectators.

I've Only Forgiven Twice in My Life

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.17.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I realize how often I've held onto pains that other people inflicted on me for days, weeks, even years. It was partly because I did not know any other way, and partly because I felt justified in my anger. But it was also because forgiveness does not always come as easily as it did in this one instance.

Power vs. Legitimacy: How the NFL and NCAA Have Lost Their Trust

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

The NFL and NCAA have power. Nobody is questioning that. But legitimacy is a question that still needs to be answered. 10, 20, 30 years ago, yes, these two institutions had legitimacy. Things most likely weren't perfect, but there wasn't a public outcry for reform.

Confession of an Ex-Football Fan

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 09.08.2015 | Sports
Joseph B. Kadane

I came to Pittsburgh in the early seventies, just in time for the Steel Curtain Defense, Chuck Noll, Terry Bradshaw and several marvelous seasons. Fo...

Alzheimer's and the NFL

Allan S. Vann | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Given research indicating a possible link between football head injuries and Alzheimer's, one would think that the NFL would want to promote Alzheimer's Awareness Month each November.

Miss America Contestant Is a Voice for Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Amy Zellmer

I had the pleasure of chatting with Ali Wallace, currently Miss Oregon. Early September she will head to Atlantic City to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Ali is a beautiful, smart, young woman who also happens to have an invisible injury that she struggles with every day -- a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Russell Wilson Doubles Down On Claims That His Water Prevents Concussions

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.28.2015 | Sports

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is standing by his belief that Recovery Water, a water brand he's an investor in, will prevent football p...

Chris Borland and the Courage to Avoid Avoidance Behavior

Ken Reed | Posted 08.26.2015 | Sports
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."

Washington Coach Takes Heat After Robert Griffin III Concussion

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.26.2015 | Sports

Robert Griffin III, who recently proclaimed that he's the best quarterback in the NFL, must overcome another obstacle to prove it. The Washington qua...

The Sport of Staying Injury-Free

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

More than 8,000 kids are treated EVERY DAY in ERs for sports and recreational injuries. So, what are the key steps to encourage a child to be active and compete, while also ensuring that they're safe?

Texas Youth Football Program: Ten Ways It Is Walking the Talk on Safety

Brooke de Lench | Posted 08.14.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

Participation in youth sports in general, and in youth football in particular, is on the decline in some parts of the nation. One of the biggest factors driving the decline is a concern about injuries.

Long-Sought NCAA Football Practice Legislation Finally Within Sight

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 08.10.2015 | Sports

When researchers at the University of Virginia discovered a relationship between the type of equipment worn by their school’s football players ...

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 | 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