Bailey’s speech came two days after another inductee, former safety Ed Reed, was spotted at the Hall of Fame game wearing a shirt with the faces of nine black Americans killed in recent years, including Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner | JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES
(August 4) – On Saturday, Champ Bailey, who was one of eight former players and league executives inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, devoted part of his nationally televised speech to urge white Americans to pay attention to the injustices black Americans face.
“We say this to all of our white friends: When we tell you about our fears, please listen,” Bailey said at the enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Continue reading →
A few days after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman came under renewed criticism over the hockey cartel’s position that there is “insufficient evidence” to link head injuries and degenerative brain disease, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog penned an open letter, saying it’s time to “stand up and speak up” about concussions. Landeskog, 23, recalls his own experience. The NHL is currently facing a class-action concussion lawsuit.
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.
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 →
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 →
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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By Alan Schwarz, Walt 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 →
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.
By GEORGE D. LUNDBERGFEB*
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 →
This week, says one player who worries about the ramifications of his career decision, ‘is all about football.’ Reported concussions rose 58 per cent in the NFL this season, though reported is very different from actual.
Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, left, is focused on Super Bowl 50, and not the possible effects of concussions. “If I’m going to die, at least I’m going to die doing stuff that I love to do,” he says. “And this is what I love to do.” | MARK REIS / TNS
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—One night Ryan Harris went to the movies with his wife. Harris is an eighth-year offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, and started all 16 games this season. Going out was a nice way to unwind, until it wasn’t.
“My wife started crying,” says the six-foot-five, 302-pound Harris. “We were in another movie and they showed the preview for Concussion, and my wife started crying. I was like, we don’t need to see this movie.” Continue reading →
(Nov. 30) – Hockey thrives off of crushing body checks and game-stopping fist fights, but it’s the long-term consequences of on-ice violence the NHL seems less than eager to advertise.
In fact, at the request of the league, a court has sealed the majority of 2.5 million pages of internal documents related to a lawsuit brought forth by more than 100 former NHL players. Continue reading →