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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 »

NFL to Settle Concussion Lawsuits for $765M

Judge announces proposed deal

(Newser) - The NFL will settle concussion-related lawsuits from more than 4,500 former players for $765 million, a federal judge says, though she still needs to approve the deal. The settlement would go toward concussion-related compensation as well as medical research and medical exams, reports the AP . The NFL and the... More »

NFL Pushed ESPN to Drop Concussion Documentary

Goodell and company reportedly told network they weren't happy: sources

(Newser) - ESPN yesterday backed out of a documentary on NFL concussions that it's been working on with PBS' Frontline for more than a year, in a surprise, last-minute move. Today, the New York Times hints at an explanation: The NFL pressured the network into it. Commissioner Roger Goodell and other... More »

Now at NFL Camps: No Tackling

Football tries to protect stars with less-intense training

(Newser) - If you want to see some truly star-studded touch football games, maybe you should try watching NFL training camp. All 32 teams kick off their camps this week, and a lot of them are limiting or outright banning tackling, the New York Times reports. Just this week the Eagles joined... More »

Inside the Fight for Junior Seau's Brain

How the NFL directed Seau's brain to the NIH

(Newser) - An in-depth report from Frontline and ESPN's Outside the Lines describes the fight for Junior Seau's brain following his suicide last year—a fight that ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, who are working on a book and documentary about brain injuries in football, call "a... More »

Thanks to Parents, Football Is Toast

John Kass doesn't think the NFL can survive the concussion issue

(Newser) - The NFL draft is a time to think about the future of football, and John Kass has come to a conclusion: "It's as dead as the Marlboro Man," he writes in the Chicago Tribune . You know the reason: concussions. But contrary to what you might expect, the... More »

Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL

Suit alleges that head injuries lead to his suicide

(Newser) - Junior Seau's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, arguing that the former linebacker's suicide was the direct result of repetitive head trauma, and that the league's "acts or omissions" hid the danger of that trauma, the AP reports. The family is also... More »

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