December 10, 2015 |
THIS JUST in: Football is a violent game. It's a dangerous, unnatural, collision sport where human beings essentially play demolition derby with their bodies. There are injuries, many of them serious. Broken bones. Torn ligaments. And concussions. Lots of concussions. Not that long ago, no one ever used that word. Now, it's the name of a soon-to-be-released movie that the NFL would prefer you not go and see. "Back in our day, when we were young, I remember seeing stars a few times," said Kent Bradford, who played for the University of Oklahoma in the late 70s. "Getting a head-hit where you're kind of stung for a minute and you walk it off. That occurred a lot. "But they weren't called concussions back then.
February 12, 2012 |
The debate and discussion over concussions and their consequences have moved beyond the spotlight of professional sports. According to neurologists, that's a good thing. In college, high school, and youth leagues, awareness is growing. "This is one of those slow awakenings of, 'There's a real problem, there's a real danger,' " said Doug Smith, director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania. Awareness of concussions and their lasting impact has grown among the general public in the last five years, he said.
July 13, 2002 |
Losing rookie Tamika Catchings was too much for the Indiana Fever. Catchings suffered a concussion, and the Fever fell to the visiting Miami Sol, 68-62, last night. Her availability for Monday's All-Star Game is uncertain. Catchings fell to the court when the elbow of Miami's Ruth Riley landed on her nose. The three officials did not see the play and let the game continue. Riley got the ball and scored a layup. "Obviously it was an accident. I feel horrible about it," Riley said.
August 8, 2015 |
Linebacker Kiko Alonso missed practice Thursday with a concussion, leaving the Eagles without one of their top offseason acquisitions. The Eagles said Alonso's concussion occurred during practice Tuesday at Lincoln Financial Field. He must go through the league's mandated five-step concussion protocol, including clearance from an independent neurologist. The severity of the concussion is unknown. Recovery time varies, usually ranging from a few days to a few weeks. This is Alonso's first known concussion in the NFL. The Eagles acquired Alonso, a 24-year-old former Oregon standout, in a March trade with the Buffalo Bills for LeSean McCoy.
November 14, 2014 |
This article has been updated from the original version. The Episcopal-St. Augustine game will be played at the South Philadelphia Supersite, not the originally scheduled venue, Citizens Bank Park. EPISCOPAL ACADEMY senior Curtis Zappala doesn't exactly remember the concussion that caused him to miss nearly 3 months during his freshman lacrosse season. The 6-foot, 175-pound attacker can tell you the beginning and the end, but the middle, at least without video assistance, is more elusive.
August 15, 2007 |
The NFL's new guidelines on concussion management include a telephone hotline that will make it easier to report to the league when a player with a head injury is being forced to practice or play against medical advice. The league's new concussion guidelines, many of which stemmed from a conference in June involving team trainers and doctors, were formalized yesterday and will be sent to all players and other team personnel. They include whistleblower provisions for individuals to report concussions with the telephone hotline and a booklet that will allow players and their families to identify symptoms.
September 2, 2015 |
WE'RE CALLING BS on the NFL. Yesterday, in response to the release of a trailer for the film "Concussion" starring Will Smith, the league issued the following statement: "We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer. " What a crock. The film stars Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, while doing an autopsy on the brain of Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.
February 5, 2013
Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a concussion in Saturday's fourth-quarter collision with teammate Jeff Taylor in Houston. The Camden native, the second overall pick in last year's draft, went up to defend Toney Douglas' layup attempt early in the fourth quarter on Saturday night. Taylor swooped in and his right hip connected with the back of Kidd-Gilchrist's head. Kidd-Gilchrist lay motionless for several minutes. The athletic training staffs from both teams came out to check on him, and the entire Charlotte bench eventually surrounded him. Medical personnel fit Kidd-Gilchrist with a neck brace.
October 12, 2012 |
DETROIT LIONS wide receiver Calvin Johnson said Thursday that he returned to a game this season after suffering a concussion, according to reports. Johnson, nicknamed "Megatron," told the Detroit Free Press that he suffered a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Green in Week 4. The Lions, who had a bye the following week, face the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. "He rung my bell pretty good, he got me, he caught me around the chin, that was a good hit," Johnson told WXYT-FM Thursday in Detroit.