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Concussions

Beyond the Field: Dealing With Ambiguous Loss

Tammy McLeod | Posted 02.02.2017 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

As I drove home alone from the movie Concussion, tears overwhelmed me. This blockbuster film unveils the research on brain damage suffered by professional football players. The movie vividly depicts famous football players whose minds become their worst enemy.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Thinks O.J. Simpson May Have CTE

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Sports

After spending weeks portraying one of the most notorious football players of all time, Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. says he believes O.J. Sim...

NFL Players in Denial on Brain Trauma; Parents Can't Afford to Be

Ken Reed | Posted 02.02.2017 | Sports
Ken Reed

An adult choosing to play football in the NFL for a nice salary is a completely different situation than adults allowing children with developing brains to play.

O.J. Simpson Likely Suffers From Brain Disease CTE, Says Bennet Omalu

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 01.29.2016 | Sports

In leading expert Dr. Bennet Omalu’s mind, there is little doubt that disgraced football star O.J. Simpson is suffering from chronic traumatic encep...

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part I

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

Whether the focus is on prevention, diagnosis or treatment, there are opportunities throughout the innovation ecosystem to get involved to resolve this issue and protect this generation of athletes.

NFL Health Officials Confronted NIH About Researcher Selection

ESPN | Erick Fernandez | Posted 01.21.2016 | Sports

Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University re...

Take the Yoga Challenge and Heal Your Body, Brain, and Spirit

Amy Zellmer | Posted 01.20.2017 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

I urge anyone with a TBI or other injury to try to incorporate yoga into your daily routine. If you think, "I'm not flexible, I can't do yoga," you are absolutely wrong! If I can do this, I know you can too.

It's Not 'Just' a Concussion

Amy Zellmer | Posted 01.18.2017 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

In the movie "Concussion," we start to garner an understanding that concussions are much more serious than originally thought. We get a glimpse inside the severity of repetitive head trauma, and how it can hide invisibly inside our brains, while wreaking havoc on our lives.

Concussion Film Reveals Dire Need to Learn More About Traumatic Brain Injuries and Treatments

Alex Lyman | Posted 01.13.2017 | Healthy Living
Alex Lyman

willing to go to win. Its implications shocked me to my core. It is time to take a stand against reckless accidents that could mentally cripple a person for the rest of his or her life. It's time to provide treatments so that a concussion isn't a lifelong sentence. What are we going to do about it?

Indoctrinating Our Children - Youth Sports and Concussions

Jen Cohen | Posted 01.12.2017 | Sports
Jen Cohen

I believe a cultural overhaul is needed in youth sports.

Will And Jada Pinkett Smith Look Incredible At The Golden Globes

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 01.10.2016 | Entertainment

Arguably Hollywood's hottest couple, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith brought the fire to the 2016 Golden Globes red carpet. Will Smith looked dapper in a...

Disqualified After Concussions, College Football Players Recruited Once More

STAT | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 01.08.2016 | Sports

The play that would be A.J. Long’s last at Syracuse University ended with the sophomore crouched on the field, wracked with pain and cradling his th...

25-Year-Old Former College Football Player Diagnosed With CTE

Reuters | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Sports

A 25-year-old former college football player who sustained repeated hits to the head showed signs of brain damage after his death that may offer fresh...

Things Not Seen

Rev. Frederick Davie | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion
Rev. Frederick Davie

On any given Sunday 20 million Americans will watch Sunday Night Football; currently the no. 1 rated show on television. In February 2016, over 100 million viewers will watch Super Bowl 50. As a lifelong fan, I have tuned in often.

Practicing Without Helmets Could Make Football Safer For Players

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - For college football players, practicing without helmets and shoulder pads may help reduce the number of head impacts in later prac...

Concussions: Could Women Have Increased Risk?

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 12.28.2016 | Sports
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Many sports fans don't realize, or recognize, that direct head trauma is not the only cause of concussions in athletes. Head-neck acceleration may cause the brain to impact against the cranium without head trauma.

Sports Culture Must Change to Reduce Head Injuries

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 12.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Based on our research, we know that prevention is possible. We've made youth sports concussion one of our focus areas, but we can't solve this issue alone. All of us play a role in creating a culture of concussion safety. Here's how we can prevent sports-related head injuries.

Concussions and Kids Revisited

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

On Christmas day, the film Concussion opens starring Will Smith, as forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu. Smith was understandably conflicted abou...

Shaquille O'Neal Tries To Excuse Odell Beckham Jr. After Hit

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 12.23.2015 | Sports

This is so damn dirty. So disappointing from Odell. pic.twitter.com/wH1c5tfPYv— Daniel (@benchwarmerdan) December 20, 2015 After his dangerou...

Concussion Focus Needs to Shift from NFL to Youth and High School Football

Ken Reed | Posted 12.22.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

Many of those entering theaters this holiday season to watch this highly-promoted movie will only be marginally aware of the link between football, concussions, and CTE, the neurological disease resulting from repetitive brain trauma. A lot of them will be leave shocked at what they discover.

Dissecting the Irreversibly Altered Brain of a Pro Football Fan

David Murray | Posted 12.22.2016 | Sports
David Murray

If football were the only sport in the world, maybe I'd say: well, it's worth it. Better this than no sports at all. But there are so many sports that don't involve people hurling their bodies in every direction into meat piles.

Are We Focusing Too Much Attention On Football Concussions?

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 12.28.2015 | Sports

For months now, controversy has followed “Concussion,” the highly anticipated film about the NFL’s concussion crisis, starring Will Smith. The f...

Concussion: A Catalyst to Change the Game

Sister Jenna | Posted 12.14.2016 | Religion
Sister Jenna

Photo by Kris Connor This week I attended a screening of Concussion, a new Will Smith movie about the impact of repeated head trauma in the National ...

Bob Costas Says That Football's Biggest Problem Can't Be Fixed

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 12.15.2015 | Sports

An NFL sportscaster for over three decades now, Bob Costas has covered his fair share of football controversies. But even after Deflategate, Bountygat...

Here's Roger Goodell Laughing At A Concussion Joke He Approved

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Sports

Legendary NFL quarterback Roger Staubach got some airtime during the National Football Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Tu...