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Hockey Linesman Knocked to Ice Sues Player for Millions

He says he hasn't been able to work for over a year

(Newser) - An NHL linesman who hasn't been able to work since he was knocked to the ice from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman last year is suing the player and the team for $7.5 million. Wideman cross-checked Don Henderson as he was returning to the bench during... More »

Teen Plays Paintball for First Time, Suffers Unheard Of Injury

Only 4th known time a person has suffered any kind of organ damage while playing

(Newser) - When an 18-year-old arrived at a London emergency room with severe abdominal pain, no appetite, and a fever, doctors recognized the symptoms of appendicitis and scheduled an emergency surgery. They were in for a shock. Once the teen had been cut open, doctors at North Middlesex University Hospital were "... More »

Texas High School Football Player Collapses at Game, Dies

Community in Alto mourns Cam'ron Matthews, 6th player to die this season in US

(Newser) - The Alto Yellowjackets high school football team and an entire Texas community are mourning the death of one of their own. The Alto superintendent confirmed that Cam'ron Matthews died Saturday after collapsing during a Friday night game, KLTV reports—making the junior the sixth high school football player to... 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 »

Kobe Out for 6 to 9 Months: 'The Anger Is Rage'

Bryant learns he has ruptured Achilles tendon

(Newser) - Rotten news for Kobe Bryant: He has a ruptured Achilles tendon that will keep him out for six to nine months, the LA Lakers tweeted today . Asked whether Bryant will play again next year, team trainer Gary Vitti said "that's the plan" on Twitter. But it's a... More »

Kremlin Insists: Putin Not Hurt During Bird Flight

But he did pull a muscle...

(Newser) - Breaking news out of Russia: Vladimir Putin pulled a muscle. But the Kremlin insists it didn't happen while flying with birds. Putin, as you'll remember, took to the skies last month, leading a flock of endangered Siberian cranes to their winter feeding grounds. Rumors about the president's... More »

Performance-Enhancer Eyed in High School Illnesses

Cluster of football injuries puzzles experts

(Newser) - Despite denials from players and students, authorities in Oregon suspect it was the use of a muscle-enhancing supplement that caused 19 members of a high school football team to drop like flies after a training camp. The 13 McMinnville High School players who were hospitalized are being tested for creatine,... More »

Danger Quotient Soars at Olympics

Technological advances allow athletes to push themselves too far

(Newser) - The unrelenting reports of serious injuries to would-be medal contenders have intensified an air of danger hanging over this year’s Winter Olympics. Some of the injuries have been truly chilling—like the traumatic brain injury snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered while perfecting his double cork. “I was scared,”... More »

Soccer Stars' Fave New Cure: Horse Placenta Massage

It's injected into injured area, then massaged

(Newser) - A treatment featuring horse placenta is becoming all the rage for injured European soccer stars, with two Liverpool players just the latest to seek treatment. The procedure, performed by a Serbian woman, sees the placenta—a leftover of the breeding process—injected into the hurt area, then massaged further into... More »

NFL Stars Donate Brains to Science

After death, players' brains will be used to help research into concussion injuries

(Newser) - Three NFL players have agreed to donate their brains after they die to help scientists better understand sports brain injuries, HealthDay reports. Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens, Lofa Tatupu of the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals' Sean Morey are the first active NFL players to join the brain... More »

Big League Injuries Plague Little Leaguers

(Newser) - Alden Manning pitched his heart out last season, hurling fastballs until his arm was so sore he needed Tommy John surgery. Problem is, Alden was only 14—and he's not alone. More teenage pitchers are suffering from serious arm injuries as the best of them are asked to pitch more... More »

How to Beat Bad Ankles

Ankle injuries can impair one's balance long after they heal

(Newser) - People who’ve sprained an ankle are likely to sprain it again, writes Gretchen Reynolds for the New York Times, but there may be a "supremely low-tech" fix: balance training. An ankle sprain interferes with the neural receptors in the ligaments that transmit balance information to the brain.... More »

Yao Out for Season, Maybe For Good

Re-fractured foot means Rockets center may miss all of next season, if not more

(Newser) - The broken left foot that knocked center Yao Ming out of the recently concluded NBA playoffs could be career-ending, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Pins were inserted a year ago after one of the Houston Rockets star's many injuries, and the foot re-fractured during the playoffs and hasn’... More »

Wii Sports Cause Real Injuries

Treat it like real exercise: docs

(Newser) - Nintendo Wii players may find themselves saddled with the same sprains and fractures that haunt athletes, often because they don't treat the virtual games like real sports, doctors tell the Washington Times. Sprains are the most common injury because Wii Sports don't provide the same resistance that actual tennis, bowling,... More »

Athletes Put Lives on the Line

(Newser) - When Willis McGahee was wheeled off the field during the AFC championship game, “it was impossible not to fear the worst,” writes Wendy MacLeod in the Washington Post. And when she tried to find his status online, she turned up a YouTube video entitled, “McGahee Gets ‘... More »

Brutal Hits May Force NFL Ump Padding

Officials closest to the action suffer painful collisions with players

(Newser) - Imagine side-stepping Mack trucks once a week while reading their license plates and risking brutal, career-ending collisions. Now you know how an NFL umpire feels, the Los Angeles Times reports. On-field injuries may be uncommon, but they do occur, and the NFL is contemplating protective gear. “I know I... More »

Injured Oden Out Up to 4 Weeks

New injury fells Trail Blazers center minutes into his delayed NBA debut

(Newser) - Greg Oden's NBA debut last night lasted just 13 minutes, the Oregonian reports. The Trail Blazers center and top 2007 draft pick—who sat out all last season with a knee injury—injured his foot in the first quarter of the team's 96-76 loss to the Lakers. Oden, still without... More »

Palin's Carpet Burns Blues Goalie

St. Louis slumps to 4-0 loss after Palin's puck drop carpet trips up Legace

(Newser) - St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace is sitting out tonight's game with a hip injury after a brush with politics, the AP reports. The team rolled a carpet out onto the ice for Sarah Palin to drop a ceremonial puck before last night's Kings game and Legace, the first player... More »

Brady Out for Season With Torn ACL

Star hurler's knee buckles in 17-10 victory over Kansas City

(Newser) - Patriots QB Tom Brady is likely out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Coach Bill Belichick said he had no news on Brady's knee, which buckled when Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard struck it in today's 17-10 Patriots victory—but one team source told Yahoo! Sports,... More »

Djokovic Slams Roddick, —On and Off Court

Players lob choice words back and forth as Djokovic moves on to semis

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick had two competitions going on last night: the quarterfinal match of the US Open, and a volley of complaints and accusations that should not overly surprise followers of the Serbian No. 3. After taking Roddick down 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), Djokovic lashed out at... More »

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