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We need to talk about concussions, right now

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The darkness

College Hockey: ECAC Hockey Tournament: Dartmouth Adam Estoclet (23) in action vs Colgate during 3rd Place Game at Boardwalk Hall.Atlantic City, NJ 3/19/2011CREDIT: Lou Capozzola (Photo by Lou Capozzola /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)(Set Number: X85650 TK1 R6 F19 )

2 March 2016 (playerstribune.com) – It was my first Christmas at home in 10 years. My family always has a big party with all our relatives — aunts, uncles, friends, turkey, beer, stories, laughter.

I can hear people start coming in the door upstairs, asking, “Where’s Adam?” The sound of their footsteps is like thunder. It’s breaking my brain. I’m supposed to be the big-shot pro hockey player, telling crazy stories about my adventures playing in Europe.

Instead, I’m hiding in the basement.  Continue reading

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Understanding the link between brain disease and American football

Study links frequent blows to the head experienced by American football players to brain disease. Are changes in players’ health policies needed?

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By Mads A. Wickstrøm

Researchers from Boston University have recently investigated the relationship between American football players and cases of the degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). In a study of 202 football players whose brains were donated for research, a high proportion had evidence of CTE, suggesting that CTE may be related to prior participation in football. Continue reading

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NFL-backed youth football program claims it reduced concussions. The data disagrees

As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons.

As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons | Fotolia

Alan Schwarz (July 28) – As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons, the National Football League and other groups have sought to reassure them that the game is becoming less dangerous. Continue reading

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How to recognize the symptoms of a concussion

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In this photo taken Jan. 22, 2015, Penn-Trafford High School athletic trainer Larry Cooper, left, puts Roman Orange, a senior on the wrestling team, through concussion evaluation testing at the school in Harrison City, Pa. | Keith Srakocic/AP Photo

 CTVNews.ca (March 31) – One in five Canadians has suffered a concussion while playing sports, according to a survey.

For those who got a concussion while playing sports as a youth, 68 per cent never saw a doctor.

The results, taken from a 2015 survey by Angus Reid, stress the importance of knowing the symptoms, and taking concussions seriously. Continue reading

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NFL’s flawed concussion research and ties to tobacco Industry

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By Alan SchwarzWalt Bogdanich and Jacqueline Williams

(March 24) – The National Football League was on the clock.

With several of its marquee players retiring early after a cascade of frightening concussions, the league formed a committee in 1994 that would ultimately issue a succession of research papers playing down the danger of head injuries. Amid criticism of the committee’s work, physicians brought in later to continue the research said the papers had relied on faulty analysis.

Now, an investigation by The New York Times has found that the N.F.L.’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. Continue reading

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NFL’s next play: Address brain trauma or fade away

David Bruton of the Denver Broncos after a play that would force him out of the game with a concussion | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

David Bruton of the Denver Broncos after a play that would force him out of the game with a concussion | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The doctor who took a stand decades ago against boxing argues that the N.F.L. must acknowledge the high risk of brain injury.

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IN late 1982, I was watching the heavyweight championship fight between Larry Holmes and Randall Cobb, known as Tex, on television. Even though I was a longtime fan of pretty much every sport, I was appalled by the ceaseless violence that the referee permitted to be inflicted on Cobb. As a pathologist who had autopsied hundreds of people, I knew the kind of damage the fight could be causing. I wasn’t the only one horrified by the spectacle: Howard Cosell, who was calling the fight, asked, “I wonder if that referee understands that he is constructing an advertisement for the abolition of the very sport that he’s a part of?” Continue reading

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