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TIME Highlights the Tragic Risks of Football

The latest cover of TIME features a young football player with the words “He died playing this game. Is football worth it?” The boy on the cover is Chad Stover; he passed away after suffering from a traumatic brain injury. He was an active sixteen year-old from Tipton, Missouri who played football for the Tipton Cardinals…
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NFL Brain Damage

After years of denying that football players have suffered brain injury as a direct result of concussions, the NFL has admitted to a frightening statistic. An estimated 28% of NFL players are expected to develop long-term cognitive problems from the brain trauma sustained during their careers. According to the New York Times, a report by…
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Time For a Hockey Helmet Makeover?

Football has adopted a new standardized system for rating a helmet’s effectiveness in protecting against concussions. It has been credited with helping parents and players make better decisions about what helmets are best at reducing concussion risks. The new standard is a five-point rating scale called the STAR system. It was developed by scientists and…
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Chicago Bears QB Suffering from Depression, Dementia

Another sad outcome for an NFL great. Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon revealed to the media this week that he has been struggling with dementia and depression. He believes his issues were caused by the beating endured while playing football. McMahon said he would stay in his room and lie in the dark because…
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The MIPS Helmet Protects Against Concussions

Concussions occur when the brain rotates within the skull after an impact. The movement causes axons in the brain to tear or stretch, leading to symptoms associated with brain injury. Helmets that meet today’s standards do not protect against the “rotational acceleration” of the brain that can cause a concussion. It’s time for something better.…
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The ‘Holy Grail’ of CTE Research?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is the degenerative brain disease diagnosed in an increasing number of ex-NFL football players. It's linked to depression and dementia. There is no cure. Until now, CTE has only been diagnosed in post-mortem autopsies. A diagnosis is made when an examination of the brain reveals a buildup of an abnormal protein call…
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Is the NFL a League of Denial?

The concussion settlement between the NFL and 6000 retired players has settled. But a new book hitting shelves today is sure to reignite the controversy. How did the NFL spend twenty years covering up and denying scientific evidence linking football to brain damage? This is the question that League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and…
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Concussion Lawsuits Filed Against NCAA

Three former college athletes have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA. They say the league failed to educate football players about the risks of head injuries. In addition to financial compensation, the players are asking the NCAA to fund a medical monitoring program to help with lifelong effects of brain injury. Members of the class-action…
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NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuits for ‘Pocket Change’

The NFL has struck a $765 million deal with the 18,000 ex-players suing the league over concussion-related brain injuries. It's "pocket change" for the league, says NFL retiree Brent Boyd, an original plaintiff in the lawsuit. With the league bringing in around $9 billion a year, Boyd has a point. The NFL has 20 years…
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