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.
In this Sept. 16, 2016, photo, then-high school football lineman Jordan McNair watches from the sideline during a game in McDonogh, Md. McNair collapsed during a practice session with the University of Maryland in May and subsequently died |Barbara Haddock Taylor / The Baltimore Sun via AP
By SALLY JENKINS, The Washington Post
(Aug. 21) – Heatstroke didn’t kill Jordan McNair, the berserk excesses of coach D.J. Durkin and his staff did. No amount of “honouring” McNair can pretty up that fact. The investigation into what Maryland did wrong after McNair collapsed is misplaced. It’s what came first — the deranged college coaching mentality that drove McNair to the staggering point — that requires full inquiry, and no one should be allowed to forget it.
Last September, the National Football League struck a deal with Frito-Lay that allowed the company to produce limited-edition bags of Tostitos tortilla chips, with each package bearing the logo of one of 19 featured NFL teams. Several months earlier, Major League Baseball announced that Nathan’s Famous would be its first-ever official hot dog. Now the first-ever comprehensive analysis of such food and beverage sponsorships by major sports organizations shows just how pervasive these deals are. The confusing messages they send about physical fitness and healthy eating habits can’t be helping our national problem with obesity . Continue reading →
Study links frequent blows to the head experienced by American football players to brain disease. Are changes in players’ health policies needed?
Photo: Andy McLemore/Flickr
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 →
For four years and counting, Canadian kids have received a failing grade (D-) in their overall physical activity skills, according to ParticipACTION’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Only 9% of kids (between the ages of 5 and 17) get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Continue reading →