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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: 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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More on NFL’s suspect concern for possibly concussed player

“Dr. Charles Tator, a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto who has been outspoken on the subject of pro sports and concussions, said questions remain with Edelman and NFL concussion data…. Edelman may end up suing the team if he develops complications from the Super Bowl.” MARK ZWOLINSKI

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Winning is everything: ‘World champions’ used possibly concussed player

Did the New England Patriots cheat to win the Super Bowl? Julian Edelman stayed in Super Bowl despite concussion concerns – took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit early in the fourth quarter, got up and tried to extend the play | TONY SEED

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) is tackled by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Edelman was later hit in the game and looked like he was suffering from a concussion.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) is tackled by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Edelman was later hit in the game and looked like he was suffering from a concussion. | KATHY WILLENS / AP

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