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Football Concussions

Knock to the Head: A High School Football Player's Story of Traumatic Brain Injury

Journey Bailey | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports
Journey Bailey

Something felt terribly wrong. At first I was just a little woozy. Five minutes later I threw up Taco Del Mar all over the locker room floor, and then had the unfortunate aim of collapsing in it. It was clear that this was unlike any concussion I had received in my past.

Columbia Football Coach Resigns Amid Abuse Claims

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

Following reports this week that dozens of football players have accused Columbia University football coach Pete Mangurian of mistreating the team, th...

Complex Portrait Of Ohio State Player Emerges After His Death

Sports Illustrated | Posted 12.05.2014 | Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kosta Karageorge cut a looming figure on the Ohio State campus with his 6-foot-3, 273-pound frame, penchant for riding his motorcycl...

The Devastating Health Impact Of Concussion May Start Earlier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

For the Ohio State community, Thanksgiving weekend ended in tragedy when 22-year-old football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead of apparent suici...

Brain Of Dead Ohio State Player To Be Examined Over Concussion History

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and RUSTY MILLER | Posted 12.01.2014 | Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of...

Former High School Quarterback Sues Over Concussion 'Epidemic'

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players Saturday by suing a sports governing body ...

High School Football Deaths Stir Memories of Ugly Youth Football Moments

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 12.06.2014 | Sports
Brian Patrick Harmon

It was the waning moments of a damp September fourth quarter, and football, as it often does, had brought out the ugly side of one of its fans. In this case, the red-faced rooter was a 30-something dad.

This Scientist Has A Surprising Idea For Protecting Football Players

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science

You don't have to be a scientist to enjoy watching football, but being one certainly changes your perspective on the game. Just ask Dr. Ainissa Ram...

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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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.