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 →
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.”
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 →
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.