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Concussions

Same Play, Different Day

Michael V. Kaplen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Michael V. Kaplen

The revised proposed settlement of the class action lawsuit against the NFL remains fundamentally flawed. The settlement neither recognizes nor compensates the majority of players who suffer the long-term consequences of repeated concussive injury.

Players Shouldn't Worry About The Ball... They Should Worry About Everything Else

Mother Jones | Posted 06.23.2014 | Sports

Since February, when a New York Times article linked heading soccer balls to the possibility of brain injury, the media—eager for a new angle on the...

Sarah Jane's Dad to President Obama: Tackle the Number-One Public Health Crisis

Patrick B. Donohue, J.D., M.B.A. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Patrick B. Donohue, J.D., M.B.A.

Brain injury in youth is the leading public health crisis of our time. Concussions in sports have received the greatest amount of attention by the media; however, brain injuries can be caused by motor vehicle crashes, child abuse, falls, and gunshots as well as non-traumatic events like strokes, brain tumors, meningitis and seizure disorders.

This Mouthguard Knows If You're At Risk Of Concussion

The Huffington Post | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology

When Anthony Gonzales received a hard tackle while playing rugby in 2011, he didn't know if he had a concussion -- despite showing possible symptoms. ...

Sport and Society for Arete-Acceptable Violence

Richard Crepeau | Posted 06.02.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

There are times when marginally related events converge and raise questions about issues related to sport. Such a convergence occurred in my corner of...

A Call to Action for Kids: Play Sports Safe and Strong

Kate Carr | Posted 05.30.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

Every three minutes, a child is seen in an emergency department for a sports-related concussion. And every year, 2.6 million kids ages 19 and under receive medical treatment for sports and recreation injuries. This is an urgent issue.

Obama Says Sports Concussions Need More Attention

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying he wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Barack Obama called Thursday for more and better research into the ...

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Requires a Comprehensive National Plan

Michael V. Kaplen | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Michael V. Kaplen

Yes, concussions happen. It is part of the game, but we must implement initiatives to reduce the risk of injury, and prevent, preventable injuries.

Obama To Announce Initiatives To Reduce Youth Concussions

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Some of the commitments President Barack Obama will announce Thursday at a White House summit on youth sports concussions: RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTI...

Concussions May Cause More Than Just Physical Symptoms

Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents

BY RONNIE COHEN NEW YORK Wed May 14, 2014 12:37pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Youths who suffer concussions may continue to have emotional problems...

Bellator 120 to Determine Value of MMA Promotion

Dan Shapiro | Posted 07.15.2014 | Sports
Dan Shapiro

By now, every major MMA media outlet has run the story about Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez pulling out of his upcoming trilogy fight with Michael Chandler after suffering a concussion during training.

Concussions Do More Damage To Men Than Women

Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 05/12/2014 10:17 AM EDT on LiveScience When it comes to concussions, men may take longer to recover...

Among Young Athletes, Reported Concussions More Than Double

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Concussion rates among U.S. high school athletes more than doubled from 2005 to 2012, according to a new study. The study, published online in the ...

REPORT: Brain Trauma Extends To Soccer Players

www.nytimes.com | Posted 02.27.2014 | Sports

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head, has been found posthumously in a 29-year-old fo...

Life Lessons From A Concussion

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Sure, I am aware there are potential dangers lurking in any home. But the scenario that played out in my mom's kitchen was not one I had ever considered. But I gained a new perspective from this experience. A jolt to the brain, both literally and in the best of ways.

Northwestern University Football Players Form Their Own Team

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.05.2014 | Sports
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, college football players absorbed some pretty cheap shots from their schools and the NCAA.

POLL: Many Americans Don't Want Their Kids Playing Football

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Sports

Many Americans fear football concussions, a new poll suggests. Forty percent of Americans would rather have their children play a sport other than ...

The Great American Concussion

Beth Linker | Posted 04.01.2014 | Sports
Beth Linker

When it comes to "America's greatest game," spectators willingly forget bad news. It's a forgetfulness of convenience, one that has allowed the NFL to become a 9 billion dollar industry on the backs -- and heads -- of modern day gladiators whose life expectancy is a mere 55 years of age.

Sport and Society for Arete: Manhood and Football

Richard Crepeau | Posted 03.21.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Attempts to make the game of football safer, particularly in reference to concussions, are seen by some social critics as proof of a feminization of the culture.

Would Banning Football Helmets Make The Game Safer?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Football has taken a lot of hits lately as mounting research shows that the concussions some players suffer boosts their risk for dementia and oth...

The Football Player Forced To Retire At Age 20

The Washington Post | Brandon Parker | Posted 12.14.2013 | Sports

Spenser Rositano can’t pinpoint the play that brought his football career to an end. There was no jarring hit to blame for the Boston College safety...

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.

The Calendar May Say 2013 but the NHL Remains in the Stone Age

Ken Reed | Posted 02.08.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Today, NHL bigwigs publicly downplay the importance of fighting while privately believing it's their biggest marketing draw. But is allowing fighting shortsighted when it comes to the long-term growth of the sport?

Are There Genetic Markers for Concussions?

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

Researchers have found links between certain genes and a football player's susceptibility to getting a concussion. It's a scientific detective story, of sorts.

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.