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Football Concussions

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...

College Quarterback Quits Football After Multiple Concussions

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Sports

A college quarterback at the University of Connecticut is quitting football after sustaining multiple concussions. In a statement released on Monda...

Melissa Jeltsen

The Moral Case Against Watching Football

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.04.2014 | Sports

Is it immoral to consume violent entertainment that can result in dire, even deadly consequences for its participants? Is it immoral to cheer for a da...

Ex-College Football Player Who Died Last Year Had Severe Brain Trauma

AP | JIMMY GOLEN | Posted 08.26.2014 | Sports

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Keck played just two years of college football before he was knocked out during practice at Missouri State and gave the sport ...

NCAA Settles Head Injury Lawsuit, Creates $70 Million Fund

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.29.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports...

Former NFL Players Sue Union Over Concussions

AP | BARRY WILNER | Posted 07.18.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Five former NFL players, including six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith, are suing the union for not providing accurate inform...

Urgent Need to Protect HS Football Players From Brain Injury

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

Football will never be injury free, but we can act now to make it safer. Parenting is our most critical role on this earth -- we need to protect the most vulnerable youth.

Obama On Concussions: We Have To Change Our 'Suck It Up' Culture

The Huffington Post | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over...

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...

Jewish Ethics and the NFL

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

The ethical issue is not viewers' pleasure at the injuries, but our enjoyment in and support of professional football, knowing full well the damage done in the normal course of a game to players' bodies and minds.

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.

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"...

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...

Why Football Helmets Must Remain on Football Players

Robert C. Cantu, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science
Robert C. Cantu, M.D.

I would argue that removing helmets from football players would reduce the incidence of concussion but would replace it with an epidemic of skull fractures and subdural hematoma deaths.

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.

Is The NFL's Future In Doubt?

William Laney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
William Laney

In the America of today, pro football is king. But what of tomorrow? Is there to be a continuation of this unbridled success? I think not.

Is Football Just Too Dangerous?

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Larry Strauss

Should there even be high school football? Just asking that question is probably an affront to players and their fans at every level. But I'm asking because the question needs to be asked. Because don't we put student safety above all else?

An Ugly Truth -- Football Can Cause Brain Damage

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

I have enjoyed 40 years of excitement and recompense in assisting players to live a fulfilling life. But there is an ugly truth surrounding the sport that drastically needs attention -- concussions cause brain damage and future catastrophic consequences.

Sasha Belenky

Football's Concussion Crisis, Why There Aren't More Women In Science & More Must-Reads

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Belenky | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

1. Football's Concussion Crisis This week, Frontline aired "League of Denial," its highly anticipated investigation into the connection between...

Injured Lane Tech Football Star Improving But Still In Coma

Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The condition of a teen football star from Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School is slowly improving after he suffered a brain...

Concussions End College QB's Career

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Sports

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback David Piland has decided to end his playing career because of multiple concussions. Piland's most ...

'That's Just The Way The Game Is'

AP | By JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 10.22.2013 | Sports

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — London Fletcher says he gets his bell rung perhaps twice a game. He's played in 240 games in a row, not counting preseason and p...