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New Test Could Save Kids With Concussions

Blood test is accurate 94% of the time, study says

(Newser) - Imagine a mobile device that not only identifies concussions in children but tells you how bad they are. Well, researchers say a new blood test has them closer to that ideal and diagnoses child concussions with 94% accuracy, UPI reports. "This simple blood test was nearly as accurate as... More »

Researchers Find Brain Disease in 96% of Deceased NFL Players

'Where I sit, this is a very real disease'

(Newser) - CTE—a degenerative brain disease—was found in 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players, further strengthening the connection between football and serious brain problems later in life, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced today. Sports Illustrated reports researchers found CTE—which causes depression, dementia,... More »

Devastated Dad Mourns Son Lost to 'Safer' Sport

Curtis Baushke knew he suffered brain damage—from soccer, dad says

(Newser) - When Curtis Baushke was in elementary school, he played both baseball and soccer, but he eventually narrowed it down to just soccer, partly because "he wanted to play a safe sport" after being hit by a few baseball pitches, his dad tells the New York Times . But Curtis, talented... More »

Judge OKs $1B NFL Settlement on Concussions

Average payout would be about $190K

(Newser) - A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits. NFL actuaries project about 6,000 of the league's nearly 20,000 retired players could someday develop Alzheimer's or moderate dementia over... More »

NFL Rookie Retiring Over Brain Injury Fears

SF 49er Chris Borland, 24, is leaving the NFL to avoid head trauma

(Newser) - It's a move that Dan Diamond, writing for Forbes , frames as what could be "the beginning of the beginning of the end … for the NFL's reign as the nation's most popular sport." San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland yesterday told ESPN's Outside ... More »

Youth Football Could Hurt Memory Later in Life

A new study finds that those who started playing before age 12 perform worse

(Newser) - It's no secret that football and concussions go hand in hand; studies looking at the brains of deceased and retired NFL players have found a high prevalence of neuro trauma and cognitive deficits. But new research out this week in the journal Neurology calls into question whether kids should... More »

Coroner Orders Tests on OSU Player's Brain

Fellow Buckeye says Karageorge didn't report concussions

(Newser) - The Ohio State University player found dead in a dumpster after an apparent suicide was killed by a gunshot wound, a coroner confirmed yesterday, but Kosta Karageorge's brain will be examined for injuries that could be linked to his football playing or wrestling. The examination by a neuropathologist isn'... More »

Body of OSU Player Was Found in Dumpster

Gun found as well in apparent suicide

(Newser) - More sad details are emerging in the apparent suicide of the missing Ohio State University football player found dead yesterday. NBC4i and ABC News report that Kosta Karageorge's body and a gun were found in a dumpster just a few hundred yards from his apartment. "Reports were that... More »

Parents Eye Brain Trauma in Teen Hockey Star's Suicide

A year after Zander Thomas killed self, multiple concussions suspected

(Newser) - A year ago today, 17-year-old Willy Alexander Thomas left his girlfriend's home, drove to the George Washington Bridge, sent goodbye texts to his parents and girlfriend, then jumped. Known as Zander, he had been treated for "mild depression," the New York Times reports, but his friends, family,... More »

Almost Half of Parents Worry About Kids Playing Football

But only 5% discourage their kids from playing

(Newser) - Almost half of parents have concerns about their kids playing football, but according to a new AP-GfK poll, they're not exactly yanking their offspring off the field in the kind of droves that will "kill pro football." Some 44% of parents were "not comfortable" letting their... More »

NCAA Reaches $70M Settlement Over Head Injuries

Organization will pay for athletes' health testing

(Newser) - The NCAA has reached a deal in a lawsuit brought by former players: The organization will pay to test athletes for brain trauma on the field. Though it admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, the NCAA will establish a $70 million fund to cover the tests, the AP reports. The... More »

Lawyers: Judge OKs NFL Concussion Settlement

Critics say league is still getting off lightly

(Newser) - A federal judge today granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling by US District Judge Anita Brody came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned... More »

Dan Marino: I Was Confused, Didn't Mean to Sue NFL

Upon further review, Hall of Famer backs out of concussions lawsuit

(Newser) - The growing ranks of NFL veterans taking the league to court over concussions included a Hall of Fame quarterback, but only briefly. Dan Marino has withdrawn his name from a new lawsuit, reports the Sun-Sentinel . In a statement, the ex-Dolphins star blames it on legal confusion. "Within the last... More »

Players Sue: NHL Promoted 'Extreme Violence' for Profit

It's the second suit against the NHL since November

(Newser) - The National Hockey League is being sued by nine of its own, who claim the league "intentionally created, fostered, and promoted a culture of extreme violence" with an eye on profit, the suit reads. Ex-players brought a similar suit against the NHL in November , but the New York Times... More »

Too Little: NFL's $765M Concussion Deal Scrapped

She worries it's too little to cover 20K players

(Newser) - A federal judge today rejected a $765 million settlement between the NFL and players who suffered concussions, but maybe not for the reason one might think: US District Judge Anita Brody scrapped the deal on the grounds that the funds wouldn't be sufficient to cover nearly 20,000 players... More »

Study Sees Link Between Concussions, Alzheimer's

Alzheimer-related brain protein found in some with previous concussion

(Newser) - If you've ever suffered a concussion, a new study suggests you may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease—or not. Mayo Clinic researchers performed brain scans on 141 people in their 70s and 80s who had memory problems and 448 who didn't. Some 18% and... More »

Jovan Belcher's Body Exhumed in Search of Brain Injury

Expert convinced Chiefs' linebacker had CTE when he killed girlfriend, self

(Newser) - Former Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher's body has been exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions. An examination of Belcher's brain could determine whether he... More »

Baseball to Stamp Out Home Plate Collisions

MLB looks at new rules to mitigate concussion risk

(Newser) - Baseball is set to become a safer—though critics say duller—sport with moves to eliminate violent collisions at home plate. Major League Baseball's rules committee, concerned about concussions and other injuries, has voted to take steps to end pile-ups no later than 2015. Under the planned rule changes,... More »

To Save Football, Demystify It

Tell us more about the game, and make sure what we see is flattering: Nicholas Dawidoff

(Newser) - Americans are developing conflicted feelings about the NFL. "They love football ... but they are repelled by the thought of enjoying a blood sport that brutalizes the minds and bodies of players," writes Nicholas Dawidoff at the New Yorker . But Dawidoff has a solution: Show us more. "Is... More »

Young Football Players Take Adult-Size Hits

Relatively speaking, the magnitude is the same as for older players

(Newser) - A new study on the dangers of football might give pause to parents in pee-wee leagues. Researchers say that, relatively speaking, the hits absorbed by kids as young as 7 have the same impact as those delivered by teens and adults on their own peers, reports the New York Times... More »

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