• Study Examines Concussion Treatment Alternatives

    by Amy Moritz May 2016

    The prevailing philosophy on concussion recovery focuses on rest - no activity until the symptoms resolve. The study, being conducted at the University at Buffalo and in Winnipeg, is examining the idea that low-level exercise, such as walking on a treadmill, helps the brain recover better than simple rest.

  • Bills GM: Humans Aren't Meant to Play Football

    by Tyler Dunne May 2016

    The game of football has been under fire for a while now. But usually the criticism doesn't come from those drafting players to, you know, play the game of football. That changed on Tuesday as Doug Whaley offered the most biting criticism of the sport we've heard from a current general manager or head coach.

  • Ex-NFL Player Bubba Smith Had CTE

    by Tom Rock May 2016

    Bubba Smith, a College Football Hall of Famer and All-Pro defensive end who went on to become an actor, was diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, by the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday.

  • NFL Doc: We Didn't Try to Steer Concussion Grant Money

    by Tom Pelissero May 2016

    A pediatric neurosurgeon criticized in a congressional report Monday vehemently denied attempting to influence the selection process for a research grant on the NFL's behalf and says no one from Congress contacted him before the report's release. Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, said his two phone calls with the director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Walter Koroshetz, were about Ellenbogen's belief in the need for a longitudinal study on the effects of concussion and that he never told Koroshetz not to give a $16million grant to researchers at Boston University instead.

  • Congress Blasts NFL for Handling of Research Donations

    by Nancy Armour May 2016

    The NFL continues to pay lip service to the idea it cares about its players, past and present, and is committed to finding answers that will help limit the damage football causes. But what Monday's report shows is that protecting its image and interests trumps the NFL's concern and commitment to the truth.

  • Opinion: Utah Principals Worsen Specialization Problem

    by Doug Robinson May 2016

    Everyone seems to agree that the era of specialization in high school athletics is unhealthy, but nothing changes — except to get worse.

  • Court: School Ignored Signs Before Player's Death

    by Kip Hill, (509) 459-5429 May 2016

    Andrew Swank died Sept. 27, 2009, two days after vomiting and collapsing near the end of the second quarter in a game Valley Christian School played against Washtucna.

  • Concussion Suits vs. NCAA Seek Class-Action Status

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2016

    Lawyers representing former college football players who say they are suffering from the effects of concussions filed six separate lawsuits in federal courts around the country Tuesday against the NCAA and various schools and conferences.

  • Awareness Is Key to Concussion Prevention

    by Eric-Paul Johnson May 2016

    The quest for fewer head injuries in football has gone from the gridiron to the lab. Scientists scour data, equipment-makers test new products, and coaches, administrators and trainers keep watch in hopes of making concussions as outdated as the leather helmet. But technology isn't the only way to combat head injuries. Jim Clover, the coordinator of sports medicine at the Riverside Medical Clinic, said people beyond players, coaches and trainers need to be aware of potential head injuries and have the ability to recognize them.

  • Paralyzed at 13, Ex-Pop Warner Football Player Dies

    by Stuart Goldman May 2016

    Donnovan Hill, who was paralyzed during a Pop Warner football game in 2011 at the age of 13, died Wednesday after complications from surgery.