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Football Concussions

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 ...

NFL Lawsuit Sheds Light on Concussion Risks

Michael V. Kaplen | Posted 06.08.2013 | Sports
Michael V. Kaplen

There has never been any serious question that football is a concussion delivery system. But despite this knowledge, over the years, players have been encouraged to "shake it off." The conduct of the NFL is duplicitous and must be scrutinized under a bright and honest light to reveal the truth.

Is Brain Injury Winning?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Adjusting player regulations, however, does not change the fact that the game is inherently dangerous and it is that very danger that makes the game profitable. In 2011, the NFL concussion statistics continued to climb with another 162 head injuries reported last year. That is roughly a 72 percent chance of a concussion or injury occurring in each NFL game.

Can We Stop Caring About Concussions Yet?

Gavin Shulman | Posted 03.18.2013 | Sports
Gavin Shulman

Anyone who's seen football, anyone who's been to a football game, and most definitely anyone who's played football understands that it's not so good for your brain. It doesn't take a surgeon to figure that out.

What If We Abolished Football?

David Macaray | Posted 02.09.2013 | Sports
David Macaray

Most people don't realize it but there was a movement afoot early in the 20th century, led by eastern Progressives, to ban the game of football on the grounds that it had become too violent.

Jovan Belcher's Murder-Suicide Raises Questions of Traumatic Brain Injury in the NFL

Derek Flood | Posted 02.02.2013 | Sports
Derek Flood

As more details surface, we will hopefully be able to form a better understanding of what happened, but we should be hesitant to write this off as a case of "one bad apple," avoiding the larger conversation we need to have.