• Physician Reviews Research, Lets Son Play Football

    by Ed Riley, For the Portland Tribune February 2015

    My son and his teammates have learned more about hard work, sportsmanship and resilience on the football field than anywhere else, and these lessons will make them better men. But as much as I enjoy the tradition of high school football, I worry about its future.

  • Pop Warner Football Blamed for Former Player’s Suicide

    by Michael Gaio February 2015

    Pop Warner youth football is being sued for $5 million following the suicide of 25-year-old Wisconsin man. The lawsuit, filed by the man’s mother, alleges her son suffered severe brain damage caused by playing youth football and that Pop Warner failed to warn players about, and protect them from, the dangers of head trauma.

  • Edelman Concussed? Belichick Defends Playing WR

    by John DeMarzo February 2015

    On third-and-14 from the Patriots 28-yard line, early in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady found Julian Edelman for a 21-yard gain and a first down. However, the play came with a price: Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor laid a helmet-to-helmet hit on Edelman, who appeared to have suffered a concussion on the play.

  • Judge to Players, NFL: Refine Concussion Settlement

    by Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer February 2015

    It's back to the negotiating table for the NFL and thousands of its former players suing the league over concussion-related health problems.

  • As Players Gain Size, Debate Rages Over HGH Test

    by Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports February 2015

    Fran Tarkenton is downright worried. He's convinced that countless NFL players are using performance-enhancing drugs. But nothing really is preventing them from doing so. And that makes him scared about their health later.

  • NFL Reports Significant Drop in Concussions

    by Bob Glauber, Newsday January 2015

    Concussions are down in the NFL by 25 percent from last year and by 36 percent during a three-year span, according to figures released Thursday by the league’s Health and Safety Committee.

  • Neurologists Weigh Risk to Kids of Contact Sports

    by Joseph Maroon and Julian Bailes January 2015

    The incidence and severity of brain injury is one of the hottest topics in sports media today, and it is creating a storm of near-panic in youth sports - especially football.

  • Wyoming Senate OKs Concussion Liability Bill

    by James Chilton January 2015

    Senate File 98, which affords greater legal protections to school districts and employees in the event of sports-related concussions and head injuries, passed first reading in the state Senate on Tuesday.

  • NFL Not Using Easy Eye Test for Concussions

    by Nancy Armour, @nrarmour, USA TODAY Sports January 2015

    When Ezekiel Ansah drove his helmet into the side of Jimmy Clausen's head in an NFL game in December, it looked like a semi truck hitting a Mini Cooper. Anyone who saw the hit could feel the headache coming on.

  • Debate Continues Over Safety of Crumb Rubber

    by Fermin Leal, Staff Writer January 2015

    A California lawmaker wants the state to stop synthetic fields being built in schools, parks, stadiums and other recreational places until further studies determine whether they are safe.