October 4, 2015 |
It's a crisp fall night in the high school stadium. Football! Your son has just made a great play. But he got hit hard. Is he all right? Concussions are of increasing concern among parents, school officials, and health-care experts. As many as 300,000 high school concussions are reported every year - in a variety of sports. One of the region's concussion experts is South Jersey physician Robert Franks, medical director of the Rothman Concussion Institute and co-medical director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.
September 6, 2015 |
BOSTON - The final image of Domonic Brown's season - if not his tenure with the Phillies - could turn out to be Wednesday night's gaffe that caused him to tumble into the Citi Field stands, turning a Mets single into an inside-the-park home run. The Phillies announced on Friday that Brown's crash caused him to suffer a concussion. He did not travel with the team for the weekend's three-game series at Fenway Park. He will have to pass concussion tests before rejoining the Phillies. It is the second concussion of Brown's career.
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.
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.
June 30, 2015
In the first 161 games of his major-league career before Sunday, Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez had stolen just four bases. But that number ballooned, relatively, during the Phillies' doubleheader against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Hernandez started at second base in both games and stole three bases while going a combined 6 for 8 with a run scored. The Phillies fell to Washington, 3-2, in the first game, and beat the visitors, 8-5, in the second game. That win avoided a sweep by the Nationals, and snapped their eight-game winning streak.
May 14, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Tommy Joseph had been hit in the forehead with foul tips. The catcher had been hit on the top of the head. Monday night, Joseph was hit in the jaw. He said it caught him in a different way than any ball ever has. "It caught me in a different spot and jarred me a little different," Joseph said. "After that, I just wasn't feeling right. " Joseph, 23, remained in triple-A Lehigh Valley's game for another inning before talking to the team's trainer. Joseph said he was out of the game 30 seconds later.
April 24, 2015 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia granted final approval Wednesday to a class-action settlement worth an estimated $765 million between the NFL and thousands of former players over the long-term effects of repeated concussions. The deal, endorsed by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in a 132-page opinion, marked a significant step toward ending what has been one of the most protracted and publicly debated legal fights in the history of the league. Most notable, the settlement would not require the NFL to address allegations that have dogged it for years that top executives hid their knowledge on the risks and long-term complications of concussions from players.
March 20, 2015 |
THE ANNOUNCEMENT by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland earlier this week that he is retiring after just one season because he's worried about the effect football could have on his long-term health has once again shone the spotlight on player-safety in the NFL. But the league seems reasonably pleased with the progress it has made in recent years in making a naturally violent game much safer than it once was. During a conference call...
March 3, 2015 |
Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann, injured Saturday in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers, said he will find out Monday if he suffered a concussion. Grossmann was injured when a second-period shot by the Rangers' Rick Nash struck his left shoulder and head. He underwent testing and will be reevaluated Monday, when he will learn if he is cleared to play Tuesday against visiting Calgary. "It's too soon to tell," Grossmann said Sunday while he participated in the Flyers Wives Carnival at the Wells Fargo Center.