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Football Concussions

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 06.23.2014 | 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...

NCAA's Approach to Concussions Is Barbaric

Ken Reed | Posted 10.14.2013 | Sports
Ken Reed

The NCAA has delegated the concussion issue to schools as a strategy to avoid any legal liability and potential financial losses. Meanwhile, the NCAA continues to rake in billions of dollars from television and other sources through its revenue-at-all-costs policies.

Despite New Study, Experts Still Warn Of Link Between Football And Cognitive Disease

Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By Susan E. Matthews A new study suggests that football may not be as dangerous for brain health as past research suggests, but experts are not...

A Mediated Settlement May Not Be the Best Solution to the NFL Concussion Crisis

Michael V. Kaplen | Posted 09.17.2013 | Sports
Michael V. Kaplen

The well-intentioned endeavors of U. S. District Court Judge Anita Brody to bring the National Football League (NFL) and the legal representatives of the former players to the negotiating table will prevent factual discovery.

This Teen May Change The Future Of Football Injuries (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 06.18.2013 | Teen

One 13-year-old from San Diego may have come up with a way to help change the future of football injuries. Inspired after watching a violent football ...