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NFL Gives Green Light to Guardian Caps in Games

League won't mandate soft-shell helmet covering in games, but players can wear if they want to

(Newser) - The NFL announced Friday it will allow players to wear protective soft-shell helmet covers known as Guardian Caps during games next season if they choose. The league is also expanding the use of the devices during practices. Defensive backs and receivers have joined the position groups now required to wear...

OJ Simpson's Brain Will Be Cremated With Him

Executor says there are no plans to donate his brain to science

(Newser) - On the question of whether OJ Simpson's brain will be donated to science, the executor of the football star's estate answered with a "hard no." Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson's longtime lawyer, tells the New York Post multiple requests have been made by experts who want to...

Family Blames CTE for Former NHL Star's Death
Former NHL 'Enforcer'
Dies by Suicide

Former NHL 'Enforcer' Dies by Suicide

Family blames CTE for Chris Simon's death

(Newser) - Former NHL star Chris Simon has died by suicide, and the 52-year-old's family believes his death was the result of a brain condition that affects athletes who have taken many blows to the head. Simon was an "enforcer"—a "tough guy" player expected to jump into...

The Next Clue Over Maine Shooting: Gunman's Brain

Late Robert Card's organ sent to Boston CTE Center to see if there were injuries from blasts

(Newser) - Since October's mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, that left 18 dead and injured more than a dozen others, investigators have been trying to piece together what led gunman Robert Card to carry out such a violent act. Now, Card's brain is being sent to Boston's CTE Center,...

Even Kids Are Developing CTE
Even Kids Are
Developing CTE

Even Kids Are Developing CTE

A study of young, deceased athletes' brains confirms CTE can occur well before going pro

(Newser) - A recent study out of Boston University confirmed that athletes who play contact sports can begin to develop CTE, a degenerative brain disease, long before they enter the pros. The New York Times profiles four families whose children—Wyatt Bramwell, Meiko Locksley, Hunter Foraker, and twin brothers Josh and George...

His Fights Are Legendary. How Did That Leave His Brain?

When it comes to CTE research, Chris Nilan could end up being a fascinating subject

(Newser) - Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, can only be diagnosed after death, and that diagnosis has been made hundreds of times among former football and hockey players who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Boston University's CTE center is now running a study on living subjects who might be...

In Largest Brain Study of Young Athletes, a 'Remarkable' Find
In Largest Brain Study of Young
Athletes, a 'Remarkable' Find

In Largest Brain Study of Young Athletes, a 'Remarkable' Find

Researchers find 41% of late players under 30 showed signs of CTE

(Newser) - Diagnoses of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) have been found in pro football players , pro soccer players , and pro hockey players . Now, a new study out of Boston University's CTE Center focuses on a new demographic affected by CTE: mainly amateurs playing on the youth, high school, and college circuits....

First Female Athlete Diagnosed With CTE

Heather Anderson, who played Australian Rules football, took her life last year at age 28

(Newser) - An unwanted sports world first: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has been increasingly diagnosed in male athletes, has for the first time been diagnosed in a female professional athlete. Scientists say Heather Anderson, who played Australian Rules football before she died by suicide last year at...

A Legend of Hockey Had CTE
A Legend of Hockey

A Legend of Hockey Had CTE

Montreal Canadiens great Henri Richard is diagnosed posthumously

(Newser) - The late Henri Richard is a hockey Hall of Famer who has a record 11 Stanley Cups on his resume and, now, a more troubling legacy: The Montreal Canadiens star had chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he died in 2020 at age 84, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada, per...

CTE Debate Moves From Football to Soccer

Concussion Legacy Foundation diagnoses 4 former pros amid contested summit on brain injury

(Newser) - English soccer star Jimmy Fryatt was known for his ability to head the ball, and the proof of his prowess may be in the damage it did to his brain. Still physically fit in his late 70s, the AP reports that the late Fryatt played tennis but couldn’t keep...

Critics on Weird Sport: 'One of the Stupidest Things You Can Do'

UFC President Dana White says slap fighting is just good fun, but concussion experts disagree

(Newser) - The competitors stand rigidly upright with their hands behind their backs, waiting to absorb a brutal slap to the face. When the open-handed blow is delivered, there's a sharp report and the reaction can be dramatic. Some fighters barely move, while others stumble backward or fall to the floor....

376 Ex-NFL Players' Brains Were Studied. 92% Had CTE
In CTE Study,
a Sky-High Number

In CTE Study, a Sky-High Number

CTE found in 92% of ex-NFL players' brains that were studied

(Newser) - A Boston University study of the brains of deceased former football players had shocking results: More than 90% of them were diagnosed with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The Boston University CTE Center says that of 376 former players whose brains were studied, 345, or 91.7%, had CTE,...

She Said NCAA Caused Husband's Death. Jury Disagrees

Jurors rule in favor of sports body, blamed by wife of ex-USC player Matthew Gee for his CTE

(Newser) - A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday rejected a claim by the widow of a former USC football player who said the NCAA failed to protect him from repeated head trauma that led to his death. Matthew Gee, a linebacker on the 1990 Rose Bowl-winning squad, endured an estimated 6,000...

Experts Challenge QB's View of His Risk for CTE

Miami's Tua Tagovailoa, cleared to play Sunday, suggests quarterbacks are at less risk

(Newser) - Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been hammered with big hits in his last two games—including a headline-making concussion on Sept. 29—and he's hoping to break the streak on Sunday. The NFL has cleared Tagovailoa to play this weekend, reports ESPN . The 24-year-old spoke for the first...

Demaryius Thomas Had CTE When He Died

'Educate yourself on this,' says his mom

(Newser) - Demaryius Thomas died in December at age 33 , just a few months after retiring from the NFL. On Tuesday, his family announced the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and former Denver Bronco had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. Like many other...

CTE Finds Its Way Into Another Pro Sport

Scott Vermillion, who died in 2020, is first Major League Soccer player to be diagnosed

(Newser) - It's long been known that football players are at risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Now, another sport—one in which the head is often used during game play—is making headlines in connection with the degenerative brain condition. Researchers from Boston University's CTE Center say Scott...

They Suffer More Concussions Than Soldiers, Football Players
It's Not
Football Players
Most at Risk
for CTE

It's Not Football Players Most at Risk for CTE

'NYT Magazine' explores 'hidden epidemic' of brain injuries to women survivors of domestic abuse

(Newser) - By now, most people are aware of the dangers of brain injuries suffered by football players who receive regular blows to the head over years. The same holds true for soldiers of war in regard to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. But in a harrowing account in the New York ...

His Catastrophic Bobsled Crash May Have Saved Him
His Catastrophic Bobsled
Crash May Have Saved Him

His Catastrophic Bobsled Crash May Have Saved Him

Doctors say career-ending crash at 21 kept Joe Sisson from suffering later brain damage

(Newser) - "I've got survivor's guilt big time," says Joe Sisson. He's a former bobsledder, a onetime Olympic hopeful who survived a near-fatal 2002 crash during a practice run in Switzerland at age 21. But when he talks about survivor's guilt, he's not talking about...

'Gentle Giant' Found Dead in Hotel Room Had CTE: Family

Vincent Jackson's loved ones have donated his brain to Boston University

(Newser) - Update: The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver found dead in a Florida hotel room in February had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, his family announced Thursday, per NBC News . Vincent Jackson, who died at the age of 38, had stage 2 CTE, widow Lindsey Jackson said in a statement....

Former NFL Player Who Killed 6 Had Severe CTE

Family says Phillip Adams was 'desperately seeking help from the NFL'

(Newser) - A former NFL player who went on a murderous rampage, killing six people and himself , had stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE. That's according to Boston University's Dr. Ann McKee, who examined Phillip Adams' brain tissue and found it was in a similar condition as...

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