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Concussion worries aren’t changing fans minds on the NFL according to new survey

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America officially agrees that brain injuries are a big problem for football, but don’t expect to see any big changes anytime soon. A recent survey shows that while the majority of fans say they’re concerned about brain injuries in the NFL, but few are tuning out. Of the 1,000 Americans questioned in the survey by […]

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Not every TBI is obvious – a high-school football player is in a coma after a “routine play”

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When people think about traumatic brain injuries in football, they typically imagine highlight reel worthy collisions or spectacular tackles. Few realize even the most routine hits could trigger a life-threatening injury. A California high school football player provided the world with an unfortunate reminder of this reality recently, after he had to be placed in […]

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Warren Sapp announces he will donate his brain to CTE research in poignant video

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Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp announced today that he will be donating his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research into traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In a video shared by The Players’ Tribune, the defensive tackle who played for thirteen years in the NFL says […]

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Don Horton couldn’t stop coaching, even after getting CTE

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In the discussion about concussions in football, players are often portrayed as the innocents being sent into danger by the more malicious coaching staff and league officials running a business. Reality is rarely so black and white. As we’ve seen recently, players can be just as responsible for hiding injuries to stay in the game […]

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Football’s “Concussion Crisis” Isn’t Just About Concussions

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The NFL’s issues around brain injuries and how the league can keep players safe from a seemingly invisible but serious injury is often referred to as football’s “concussion crisis.” However, the NFL’s problems extend much further than how it handles the frequent mild concussions occurring on the field each Sunday. While concussions are serious injuries […]

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NFL Players Show Brain Changes Later In Life Related To Past Concussions

NFL Players Show Brain Changes Later In Life Related To Past Concussions

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A new study, published in JAMA Neurology, contributes to evidence supporting an association between brain injuries and long-term memory impairments by showing former National Football League (NFL) players who lost consciousness related to a concussion show unique differences in brain structure later in life. In a study the researchers, comprised of neurologists and neuropsychologists at […]

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Most Football Brain Injuries Happen At Practice, Not In Competition

Most Football Brain Injuries Happen At Practice, Not In Competition

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Many parents worry about their young athletes experiencing concussions every weekend when they face down an opponent on the field, but a new study suggests most high school and college age football players are actually more likely to experience brain injuries during practices than in a game. Lead author Thomas P. Dompier of the Datalys […]

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Experts Speak On Chris Borland’s Concussion-Related Retirement

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Chris Borland caught the sports world by surprise yesterday by announcing his retirement from the NFL after just one promising season playing for the San Francisco 49’s, but brain injury experts are coming out in support of the athlete’s brave decision. “It’s surprising because you don’t see it happen,” said Dr. Kevin Winter, one such […]

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Big 12 Conference Enacts Strict New Concussion Policy

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On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced new expanded rules for diagnosing and managing concussions for student-athletes. The policy was approved by the Big 12 Board of Directors, and was “developed by athletic trainers, physicians, and medical support staff.” “The Big 12 is fully committed to the health and welfare of its student-athletes,” said Big 12 […]

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Is The Proposed NFL Concussion Settlement as Good as It Sounds?

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Brain injury professionals have been highly critical of the latest proposed settlement between the NFL and the former players suffering from the debilitating after-effects of exposing themselves to repeated brain injuries, but the deal looks almost generous on the surface. How can so many people be so strongly against an “uncapped” settlement which claims to […]

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