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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Gisele Interview Leads to Brady Concussion 'Cover-Up' Rumors

Patriot quarterback's wife said he's had many concussions, even one last year

(Newser) - Gisele Bundchen says her husband, NFL quarterback Tom Brady, has a history of concussions and even suffered one last year, though such an injury was never reported by the New England Patriots. While appearing on CBS This Morning to discuss climate change, Bundchen touched on Brady's plant-based diet before... More »

The Dead Man Had CTE, but Not the History You'd Expect

No history or brain injury, contact sports

(Newser) - Think CTE only affects people who've suffered brain injuries? So did scientists—until one man turned their research upside down. For the first time, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disorder previously found only in people who suffered head injuries, has been found in a patient with no such history,... More »

A Former Football Star Blames Hits for Dementia

'I led with my head all the time,' says Mark Gastineau

(Newser) - A former big-name player in the NFL is blaming football for leaving him with serious brain-related health issues. In a phone call to WOR radio in New York, ex-Jets star Mark Gastineau revealed a disturbing diagnosis from a year ago, reports ESPN . "When my results came back, I had... More »

Bo Jackson: If I Knew Risks, I'd Have Skipped Football

Former NFL star says he would have stuck to baseball only

(Newser) - Turns out, Bo didn't know football, and if he had, he never would have played. Bo Jackson, who starred at the pro level in both football and baseball decades ago, tells USA Today that he would not have played football had he known about the concussion risks. "Never,... More »

Brains of Kids as Young as 8 Altered After One Football Season

Players don't even need a full-blown concussion to suffer adverse effects: study

(Newser) - Grade-school football players may not ever experience a concussion, but just one season of "sub-concussive head impacts"—blows to the head that aren't quite severe enough to cause a full-blown concussion—could be enough to alter young athletes' brains, ABC News reports. Per a study in the... More »

NFL Youth Program Doesn't Help Concussions After All

'New York Times' finds that widely shared stats are bogus

(Newser) - Heads Up Football was supposed to be the NFL's salve for parents wary of letting their kids play football. The safety-training program for coaches—which the NFL funds and promotes and the USA Football organization manages—has been given a strong push by the NFL, and the league... More »

How Sports Destroyed a Young Man's Brain

'We raised our son to be a strong man...maybe that was his downfall'

(Newser) - The New York Times has a heartbreaking look at Ohio State wrestler and football player Kosta Karageorge, who killed himself in 2014 after a lifetime of sports-induced anxiety and concussions. Karageorge lived his life to be "manly." He started playing contact sports at 10 and pushed himself to... More »

NFL Player Who Walked Away Now an Unpaid Intern

Chris Borland working with Jimmy Carter's organization

(Newser) - When he stunned the NFL by retiring after a great rookie season over concussion concerns, Chris Borland was labeled "the most dangerous man in football" by ESPN . So what's Mr. Dangerous up to these days? The 25-year-old is currently working as an unpaid intern in Atlanta for the... More »

Bubba Smith, NFL's 'Gentle Giant,' Had CTE When He Died

Player-turned-actor was one stage away from full-blown dementia: researchers

(Newser) - Before he played Moses Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, Charles "Bubba" Smith took some hard hits on the football field as a Pro Bowl player and defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, among other teams. And those hits during his 10 seasons in the league were apparently enough... More »

23-Year-Old Leaves NFL Over Concussions

AJ Tarpley is walking away to preserve his health

(Newser) - A 23-year-old is walking away from the NFL because of concussions. AJ Tarpley, a second-year linebacker on the Buffalo Bills, announced on Instagram Wednesday that he's had four concussions, two of them suffered last season, and has decided "after months of introspection" and research to retire from the... More »

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