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All Those World Cup Headers Could Throw Players Off-Balance

Football or soccer players who tend to head the ball a lot may be more likely to have balance problems than players who do not head the ball as often. “Soccer headers are repetitive subconcussive head impacts that may be …

Researchers Find Evidence of Brain Injury in Young NFL Players

In a small study of young or recently retired NFL players, researchers at Johns Hopkins report finding evidence of brain injury and repair that is visible on imaging from the players compared to a control group of men without a …

Amateur Athletes, Not Just Pros, Could Be at Risk for Brain Damage: Mayo Clinic

In the movie Concussion, Will Smith plays the doctor who discovered the condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in pro football. The film’s release this month follows years of headlines on the risks NFL players face as they …

Late NFL Player, Announcer Gifford Had Brain Disease Tied to Concussions

Former professional football player and TV commentator Frank Gifford, who died in August at age 84, suffered from a degenerative brain disease triggered by the effect of repetitive head trauma. “We as a family made the difficult decision to have …

Blowing the Whistle on NFL’s Concussion Studies

As football’s concussion crisis continues to linger, it has also bolstered the growing field of sports medicine, which is addressing the need for more study on brain injuries in sports. It’s important to keep a skeptical eye on who’s conducting …

Court Approves NFL’s Concussion Injury Settlement

The National Football League won final court approval of a $765 million settlement of ex-player head-injury claims, overriding criticism that the money still falls short and the deal terms are unfair. The decision ends almost two years of negotiations over …

Players, Families Urge Judge to Reject NFL Concussion Settlement

Andy Miketa was known as the NFL’s lightest center during his two-year career with the Detroit Lions in the 1950s. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Miketa used his speed and toughness to stymie defensive linemen who outweighed him by 75 …

Court Denies Players’ Appeal of NFL Concussion Claims Deal

A group of retired National Football League players can’t appeal a judge’s preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of concussion claims with the NFL they say excludes compensation for future deaths. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia today …