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Concussions

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 02.26.2014 | 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.

10 Ex-NHL Players File Concussions Lawsuit

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 11.25.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former National Hockey League players are claiming in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn't done enough to protect pla...

Damage From Concussions Could Last Up To Four Months, Study Finds

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

By Susan E. Matthews The dangers of getting a concussion while playing sports has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks. First, sever...

Sport and Society for Arete-Concussions

Richard Crepeau | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

In the past decade the consequences of violent sport are being revealed as much more serious than previously thought, or at least previously admitted.

Health Care Issues Could Mean Collapse of NCAA as We Know It

George White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
George White

The NFL just agreed to pay out $765 million for injury settlements, medical monitoring, and care for former players who suffered concussions and other brain injuries. While the NCAA may be turning a blind eye, college athletes are starting to take notice.

Global Climate Change: A Blow to the Head

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In both global climate change and football, there are humongous financial forces pitted against public safety. What might tip the balance towards the common good?

'Culture Of Resistance' Threatens Young Athletes' Health

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 12.30.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is peewee football too early to wonder about concussions? Maybe not: A major report says far too little is known about the risks i...

Treating Concussions in Young Athletes: Why Age Matters

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

With sports-related concussions making front page news on an increasingly regular basis, public concern is at any all-time high for the safety of athletes. As physicians, we see this injury occur across the age spectrum -- from the pros and college to high school and younger -- but there's a question as to how each case should be managed.

America Is in a State of Denial When It Comes to Football

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a nation, we love football and we don't want to deal with the giant elephant in the room: football is a game that's inherently dangerous to the human brain, and there's really not much we can do about it.

High School Football: Can It Be Safe?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.10.2013 | Parents
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

At a time when the NFL is coming under pressure for ignoring evidence that links football to chronic brain damage, Youth Radio's special coverage ex...

Does Your School Protect Your Head? Players Talk

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.10.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Part of Youth Radio's special coverage on the risks of high school football, this audio slideshow features football players from Castro Valley High Sc...

My Hypocrisy as an NFL Fan

Avi Sinensky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Avi Sinensky

NFL players are dying. And they're doing it for our entertainment.

NFL Concussion Lawsuit's Ripple Effect: Should the Young People in Your Life Play Sports?

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.24.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

In the wake of the NFL's settlement of the first class action concussion lawsuit brought by former players over brain trauma, much has been declared and yet little has been clarified for those seeking to determine the concussion risks of playing sports.

The 'Game of the Century': A Tragic Parable for Our Times

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Brisk, sunny autumn has arrived -- "football weather," my mother calls it -- and my mind turns to the game on September 21 between Michigan State and ...