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Nfl Head Injuries

A 23-Year-Old NFL Player Retires Over Concussion Concerns

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 04.07.2016 | Sports

Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Tarpley is retiring from the NFL after just one season, saying he cannot risk more concussions. "After months of introsp...

NFL Owners Approve Medical Timeout

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 03.24.2015 | Sports

The new rule will give authority to a third party to call for a medical timeout.

There Is No Neat Solution to Head Injuries in Sports

Victoria M. Chun | Posted 01.24.2015 | Sports
Victoria M. Chun

From my playing days when nothing short of requiring medical assistance was considered a concussion, to today when a seemingly mild knock to the head is and should be treated with an abundance of care, I have experienced different perspectives.

For NFL Player, Getting 'Knocked Out' Was A Rite Of Passage

The Huffington Post | Kyle Franco | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

Not all NFL players see head injuries simply as an occupational hazard. At least one, San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis, seemed to v...

Why I'm Not Wasting Sundays On The NFL

Matt Sussman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Sports
Matt Sussman

You probably disagree with me, and that's cool; enjoy your sport and find happiness in it. I didn't. So I'm not going to purposely watch any NFL games anymore.

'None Of The Body Was Designed To Play Football'

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.01.2014 | Sports

One of the most legendary figures in NFL history will deliver a sobering message to football fans on the morning of Super Bowl XLVIII. Former New York...

Obama: 'I Would Not Let My Son Play Pro Football'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama again voiced concern about the National Football League's concussion rate, acknowledging that players "know what they're doing"...

Football's Paradigm Shift: Ban the Helmet

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

If introducing a helmet that's not as protective as it seems caused the game's head injury epidemic, then maybe eliminating helmets might have the opposite effect.

Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Concussions?

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

American football is in the midst of a concussion epidemic, and many people are looking for solutions. We figured that one possible place to look for solutions is Mother Nature.

Brett Favre 'Would Be Real Leery' Of Letting His Son Play Football

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 11.18.2013 | Sports

Count Brett Favre among the parents who would think twice before allowing a son to play football. In the same week that ESPN's "Outside The Lines" rep...

Why the NFL Needs to Have Its Head Examined

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

The NFL continues to fund misleading head injury studies on animals that will not get the league closer to identifying the precise causes of brain trauma in football players and how to prevent and treat it.

The True Math on the NFL Concussion Settlement

James Grundvig | Posted 10.30.2013 | Sports
James Grundvig

The NFL got off cheap. They will pay the settlement as an annuity, thus drive down the actual costs, which won't be nearly as much as the total amount settled on paper.

The California Bill That Leaves Injured Workers to Fend for Themselves

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We shouldn't tolerate sports team owners taking a page from Walmart's playbook to increase their profits at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Nachos, Beer and Bashed Brains

Nina Burleigh | Posted 04.05.2013 | Sports
Nina Burleigh

I can't get enough of the quarterback's soaring arc of a pass. But the price paid by brain-injured boys and teens, and by grown men reduced to the possibility of shuffling around with early-onset Alzheimer's, is a pretty bill to pay for couch-potato thrills.

STUDY: NFL Players Face Increased Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Posted 09.05.2012 | Sports

Hours before the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys get the 2012 NFL season underway, a study of former NFL players has revealed just how dangerous it...

Is Football Wrong?

nymag.com | Posted 08.13.2012 | Sports

One of the most quoted routines of the late George Carlin was his explication of the differences between football and baseball. “Football has hittin...

The Autopsy That Crashed the NFL's Mental Health Party

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Sports
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

Within 24 hours after the NFL launched a mental health initiative for its players with special emphasis on the Life Line (its version of a suicide hotline), Ray Easterling's autopsy results crashed the party.

Junior Seau's Brain and the Mind of the NFL

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2012 | Sports
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

It is time that the NFL initiate protocols that follow players during their careers by monitoring the subtle abnormalities that might occur in their brain functioning. We now know sophisticated imaging technologies are available which can detect these changes.

NFL Head Injuries: Creating Recovery With Lessons From the Battlefield

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Besides a post-game recovery regimen of icing, stretching, and cortisone shots, it's time football players have access to "brain rehabilitation" as well.

The NFL: The No Future League

Will Bunch | Posted 07.03.2012 | Sports
Will Bunch

The league needs to tackle its inconvenient truth -- that for the remarkable athletes who've made their game into a $9-billion-a-year enterprise, the NFL is fast becoming the No Future League.

How Many Deaths Will It Take?

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 07.02.2012 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

I knew Junior Seau since the day in 1990 when he and his friends partied back stage after he was drafted. Now he is dead at only 43 years-old.

Big Hits, Broken Dreams

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Posted 03.26.2012 | Sports
Dr. Sanjay Gupta

2012-01-25-footballcuncussion.jpgI love the game of football. I went to a Big Ten school, and my wife and I still return to our alma mater for games. But the game can and should be safer.

From Head Injury to Head Case: 3 Reasons to Expand the NFL Brain Beyond Concussion Awareness

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.

Cortical damage or bruising of the brain can have a dramatic affect on emotional and physical health. It is about time that public awareness increased regarding this growing problem.

As Awareness Increases, Solutions Near for Football's Concussion Issue

Stephen Montemayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Stephen Montemayor

What we don't know can hurt us, sometimes fatally. So it is encouraging to see a continued increase in dialogue on concussions in football.

Football Players as Battering Rams

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

I am constantly disappointed that for all the biomedical and neurological research identifying the dangers to athletes when they charge head first at one another, there has not been a coordinated effort response to remedy. Where is the public outcry?