Fall means the start of football season. Fans wait all year for their favorite teams to take the field. This year the start of the season is also bringing something else: an increase in the number of class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and several college athletic conferences for concussions suffered by former college athletes. Seven…

Concussions and other brain injuries are very common, especially for those who play contact sports like football, for example. Actually, approximately 60% of players in professional football have experienced a concussion over the course of their careers. Those who haven’t are at a 5-10% chance of obtaining one. Shaking off a hard knock to the head is…

Most people today are aware of the concussion risk to athletes, especially those in contact sports such as football. It’s been estimated that each year one quarter of a million or more young people under the age of nineteen suffer concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to sports- and recreation-related head impacts. Indiana is…

Concussions have been receiving greater attention as both medical researchers and the general public have come to recognize the serious risk of developing permanent problems when they go untreated. Professional athletes have been in the spotlight, but awareness has grown at the high school and college levels as well. Beginning next year, concussion training will…

Both the NCAA and NFL have mandatory concussion safety protocols for their athletes. While concussions and head injuries are hard to avoid in football, college and professional football players are required to be evaluated, managed, and treated by a team of professionals. High school football players, on the other hand, don’t to the same degree,…

Football is undeniably America’s sport. Americans love it just the way it is–violence and all. After years of medical research, it’s safe to say that football players become concussed directly after blunt, sudden impacts to the head or upper body, like tackles and falls. So, if injuries like this are the problem, what better way to reduce…

When it comes to concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), people nowadays are far more aware of the risk of receiving one and the potential damage TBI can cause than they were just a few years ago. Thanks to activists like Bennet Omalu (the doctor portrayed in Concussion), news coverage of the billion-dollar settlement between…

Concussion awareness has been growing in recent years as research has drawn stronger conclusions about the short- and long-term risks of traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially among athletes. Some of the risks have gotten a great deal of attention, including a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease that results in memory…

A tentative settlement between the NCAA and thousands of former college athletes might lead to improved awareness and treatment of sports-related concussions. The preliminary settlement would establish a fund to pay for brain testing for former athletes and addresses two other important details: the NCAA would have to toughen return-to-play rules for players who suffer…

A company is close to making available a new football helmet specifically designed to reduce the risk and severity of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The ZERO1 helmet, developed by Seattle-based VICIS is the result of millions of dollars of investment and several years of research involving current and former NFL players and coaches,…

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