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

Andrei Markovits | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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...

Mike Golic's Optimism for Safe Football Is Pure Fantasy

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 12.01.2014 | Sports
Brian Patrick Harmon

Forgive my pessimism, but as long as football continues to attract these types of "You hit like a girl!" gorillas to teach the game to children, no amount of Heads Up football is going to make the sport safer.

How Can We Find Hope When Our Children Are Suffering?

Allison Carmen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Allison Carmen

I am attached to my children. My desire for my children to be well, happy and peaceful will not waiver. I felt the strength of this commitment especially last summer, when my oldest daughter sustained a head injury.

Is Soccer Really Safe for Our Kids?

William Brangham | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
William Brangham

Believe me, I get it: soccer's a contact sport. Kids can get hurt. I'm not looking to bubble-wrap my kids, but I'd be lying if I said my wife and I weren't increasingly uneasy while watching from the sidelines.

Safety In Youth Sports: Parents Have Spoken, We Have Listened, Now It's Time To Act

James R. Whitehead | Posted 12.28.2014 | Sports
James R. Whitehead

Concussions and other head injuries not only top the headlines these days, they top the list of fears among parents as well. In fact, one-quarter of the parents surveyed have considered keeping their children from playing a sport because of fears of a concussion or other head injury.

Sports News Puts Focus on Society's Problems

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.22.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Recent sports news has been filled with terrible stories about racism, gender violence, child abuse, and concussion-related brain damage for one in three former NFL players.

World Serious

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.21.2014 | Sports
Jeff Danziger

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Kids and Concussion: Early Recognition Is Key to Recovery

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

A new school year has begun. Unfortunately, sports-related concussion is a common injury among children and adolescents, and symptoms can seriously intrude on children's lives, especially if not recognized and addressed early on.

Too Late Again: The Credibility Crisis in Sports

Clark Power | Posted 12.03.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

Having witnessed the NFL bungle its own concussion scandal, sports fans are losing patience with belated apologies and assurances that corrective actions are being be taken. What happened at Michigan is symptomatic of a more pervasive malaise throughout college and professional sports.

Urgent Action Needed on Concussions

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 11.26.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

Amidst the unrelenting furor surrounding the NFL and domestic violence the past three weeks, a critically important story concerning football, and all collision sports slipped by virtually unnoticed.

Family Of Former NFL Player Sues League Over His Suicide

AP | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife and sons of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver sued the NFL for wrongful death, blaming sports-related...

Sport and Society for Arete-Goodell's Press Conference

Richard Crepeau | Posted 11.21.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Roger Goodell continued to play the role of Pete Rozelle, as envisioned by Roger Goodell. The arrogance was there, but the credibility was missing. The assertions of rectitude were repeated ad nauseam and they fell on deaf ears.

Jackson Michael on Bart Starr, Frank Gifford, Bob Griese and the Men Who Made the NFL Great

David Henry Sterry | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Jackson Michael in Austin Texas. He pitched us a book about interviewing old-time NFL players. Men who played the game before there was money. Men who made the NFL a multibillion-dollar franchise.

Are States Doing Enough To Protect High School Athletes?

stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 09.12.2014 | Sports

Athens, Georgia -- When Georgia public high schools were asked several years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high...

Brain Injuries and Depression

Beth Leyba | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leyba

I think that is the confounding thing about depression that is not situational, that just comes and goes with nary a reason -- I don't understand it either, and I always have this underlying feeling when it is happening that this just isn't me.

Is Safer Safe Enough?

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 11.03.2014 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

I opened my email the other day and I smiled as I saw my grandnephew looking very handsome and stylish in his football gear with his helmet in hand. He looked quite athletic standing there. Suddenly, I gasped. There was something very wrong.

Dear NFL: Put Your Money Where All The Concussions Are

Amy E. Bonomi | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Amy E. Bonomi

There is no question that scientific investigations related to concussions and head and brain injury among current and aspiring NFL players should occur. But there is another largely ignored population within the NFL suffering head injury, concussions and related trauma