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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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More than 40 per cent of retired NFLers have brain injury signs

Daily Beast – More than 40 per cent of retired National Football League players had signs of traumatic brain injuries, a new study from the American Academy of Neurology showed. The finding – based on MRI scans – is a definitive link between brain injury and professional football, the study’s author argues. This new report comes from “one of the largest studies to date in living retired NFL players,” as well as the “first to demonstrate significant objective evidence for traumatic brain injury in these former players,” said author Dr. Francis X. Conidi. He said in a press release: “The rate of traumatic brain injury was significantly higher in the players than that found in the general population.”

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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: Goodell’s words are hollow and meaningless

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held court with the media for 45 minutes at the Super Bowl on Friday. Much of what he said about player safety and concussions rang hollow. Which really isn't a surprise.No sport outside boxing is as dangerous as the one Goodell oversees as NFL commissioner. But he can continue to say things that are the opposite of true, and never more than about the things that truly matter.

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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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US Super Bowl: Concussions swept under the carpet

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.”

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

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Concussions in the NHL: By the numbers

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Jesse Tahirali, CTVNews.ca

(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

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