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Experts Challenge QB's View of His Risk for CTE

Miami's Tua Tagovailoa, cleared to play Sunday, suggests quarterbacks are at less risk

(Newser) - Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been hammered with big hits in his last two games—including a headline-making concussion on Sept. 29—and he's hoping to break the streak on Sunday. The NFL has cleared Tagovailoa to play this weekend, reports ESPN . The 24-year-old spoke for the first...

NFL Adds New Word to Concussion Protocol

Effective immediately, players showing signs of 'ataxia,' or impaired balance and mobility, are out

(Newser) - NFL players will be under new concussion rules in time for Sunday's games. The league and NFL Players Association on Saturday agreed to modify the rules following a joint investigation into an injury sustained by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa last month. The league and players' union said in...

One Take on Tagovailoa's Hit: 'How Are We So Stupid in 2022'

NFL, Dolphins have been under fire after 24-year-old QB was injured just days after similar injury

(Newser) - (This story has been updated with comments from Tagovailo.) The NFL has another controversy on its hands related to concussions after a scary incident Thursday night involving Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Coverage:
  • The hit: The Dolphins' 24-year-old quarterback got sacked in the second quarter and his head came
...

NFL Players Aren't Sure About Pads for Helmets

League says protection early in the season can mitigate head injuries later

(Newser) - "Obviously, they don't look pretty," an NFL defensive lineman said at training camp this week. "You feel like a bobblehead," a lineman on another team said. "They're stupid," a player on a third team said. The complaints were about the Guardian Caps...

CTE Finds Its Way Into Another Pro Sport

Scott Vermillion, who died in 2020, is first Major League Soccer player to be diagnosed

(Newser) - It's long been known that football players are at risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Now, another sport—one in which the head is often used during game play—is making headlines in connection with the degenerative brain condition. Researchers from Boston University's CTE Center say Scott...

NFL Linebacker Retires at 27: 'Too Many Concussions'

Arizona's Kylie Fitts missed much of last season

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts won't be back next season, or any season after the that. The 27-year-old announced on Instagram that he's retiring to protect his health, reports NBC's ProFootball Talk . “Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent one, it is...

Former NFL Player Who Killed 6 Had Severe CTE

Family says Phillip Adams was 'desperately seeking help from the NFL'

(Newser) - A former NFL player who went on a murderous rampage, killing six people and himself , had stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE. That's according to Boston University's Dr. Ann McKee, who examined Phillip Adams' brain tissue and found it was in a similar condition as...

It's a Dangerous Sport, and One You May Least Suspect

Concussions, other injuries are common in synchronized swimming

(Newser) - The synchronized swimming competition gets underway this week at the Olympics, and for those who have only a superficial familiarity with the sport, two stories might provide a surprising revelation. "Synchronized Swimming Has a Concussion Problem," reads the headline in the New York Times . While a headline from...

Most College Football Concussions Aren't During Games

The vast majority occur during practices

(Newser) - Researchers looking into concussions among college football players came away with surprisingly strong evidence to back up a key takeaway: Most concussions occur during practice, not games, reports Sports Illustrated . Related to that, a disproportionate number of concussions occur during preseason training—roughly half, even though that span accounts for...

She Was No. 1 and Headed to Stanford. Then Came the Hits

The 'LAT' looks at what happened to volleyball star Hayley Hodson

(Newser) - Volleyball Magazine's April 2015 cover featured the No. 1 college volleyball recruit in America: Hayley Hodson. A lengthy December 2020 Los Angeles Times article about the player has a less positive flavor. The Californian, now 24, played for Stanford as a freshman and alleges that two blows to the...

Trump on Troop Concussions: There Are Worse Things

'I've seen people with no legs and with no arms,' president says

(Newser) - Additional US troops who were identified as having potential concussions tied to the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack have been taken to Germany for treatment, defense officials said Tuesday. While the AP says no troop count was provided, the reportedly small group adds to the 11 who were removed from...

Steelers QB Has a Scary Day
Steelers QB Has a Scary Day

Steelers QB Has a Scary Day

Mason Rudolph eventually got up and walked off the field

(Newser) - Life as the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback got scary Sunday when Mason Rudolph crumpled from a knockout blow, USA Today reports. The 24-year-old had scrambled on third down and thrown successfully for a conversion when Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon hit him from behind and safety Earl Thomas from the...

2 Hits Were Really Bad. The Other 19,126 Took a Toll, Too

Study suggests that non-concussion hits also damage the brain

(Newser) - Over the course of three seasons, only two hits to the heads of University of Rochester football players resulted in concussions. Sounds like pretty good news? Not so much. The other 19,126 hits among 38 players—as measured by helmet sensors—may have been smaller and did not result...

Bob Costas: Here's Why I Was Pulled From NFL Coverage

He says NBC wasn't happy about concussion remarks

(Newser) - Sportscasting legend Bob Costas has parted ways with NBC after 40 years—and he's got a few things to get off his chest. Costas tells ESPN that he was pulled from the network's NFL coverage after repeatedly speaking out about the concussion crisis and the league's handling...

His Brain Was Betraying Him. An Autopsy Showed Why

The 'NYT' looks at the life and death of Jason Hairston

(Newser) - Kirstyn Hairston thought her husband might take his own life. But she didn't expect it would come so soon, or that he would do it in their home as the kids were downstairs. "But would you want to live if you knew you were losing your mind?" she...

Mom on College Footballer's Suicide: 'Maybe It's His Own Brain'

Augustus Lee's brain to be studied by concussion researchers

(Newser) - Phyllis Lee was shocked to learn her 20-year-old son, a University of Richmond football player, had killed himself by asphyxiation in his car just off campus, where his body was found early Tuesday, per USA Today . "I just wonder if something happened … because what he did was so...

This Might Not Be a Great Idea for Women in Soccer

Study suggests female players suffer more brain damage than men after headers

(Newser) - A new study suggests that girls and women who play soccer should think twice about going up for that next header. Research out of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that females were five times more likely than men to suffer damage to the brain, reports Scientific American . The...

Hit Caused a Concussion at Age 12. He Was Dead by 13

Bleacher Report looks at what happened to James Ransom after the hit

(Newser) - On the drive home from the game on Sept. 12, 2015, Greg Ransom spotted blood on his 12-year-old son's ear. Ransom had been at James' Pop Warner football game that Saturday but didn't see the hit to his head. James that night simply explained he had his "...

He Was a Good Husband and Father. Football Changed Him

Emily Kelly on being married to an ex-NFL player with brain damage

(Newser) - "These men chose football, but they didn't choose brain damage," Emily Kelly writes in the New York Times . CTE has been found in the brains of over 100 deceased NFL players, and Kelly believes her husband will one day join their ranks. Rob Kelly retired in...

CTE Can Develop in Those Who've Never Had a Concussion

A single hit to the head can initiate changes in the brain, scientists say

(Newser) - When a person has a concussion, headaches, memory impairment, and loss of balance usually make the injury obvious. But there are "many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt" without much attention, CTE researcher Lee Goldstein tells NPR . His latest study puts a spotlight on them, providing...

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