March 24, 2014 |
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea.
March 11, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If things had worked according to plan, Tommy Joseph probably would be the Phillies' starting catcher, or fighting hard for the job, in this spring training. That was how the organization envisioned his progression when Joseph was acquired as the centerpiece of the 2012 trade for Hunter Pence. It's easy to see why. Joseph, a second-round draft pick of the Giants in 2009, looks like the prototype of a big-league catcher: sturdy and strong with a good arm and plate presence, and enough offense to keep him in the lineup.
February 24, 2014 |
Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon has concussion problems from banging his head into the glass during a recent game and is out of the Phantoms lineup indefinitely, Adirondack coach Terry Murray confirmed after his team's morning skate Saturday in Voorhees. The Phantoms played Bridgeport at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Earlier this season, Bourdon spent two months at the University of Michigan, where he received treatment from concussion specialists and also skated on the college rink.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.
January 27, 2014 |
The ink has barely dried on the National Football League's $765 million proposal to settle concussion-related claims from former players. But already the nay-saying has begun. In the two weeks since a federal judge in Philadelphia said she needed more information before approving the plan, a top lawyer involved in negotiations with the league has said he would advise a substantial number of his 1,200 clients to reject it. Others suggest the proposal overcompensates the lawyers. And a vocal handful of players say they have grown increasingly skeptical the longer it takes to seal the deal.
January 16, 2014 |
A federal judge is refusing for now to accept a proposed settlement between the NFL and retired football players who sued over concussion-related injuries, saying $765 million might not be enough. In a ruling filed Tuesday in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said she feared that the league's payout offer might be inadequate to cover claims by the roughly 20,000 people eligible. She ordered lawyers to provide her with more information on how they arrived at that figure. "I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their [families]
January 12, 2014 |
Greg Merril held a lacrosse helmet above his head Friday afternoon at the Convention Center. A crowd had gathered around his booth at the US Lacrosse National Convention, and the founder and CEO of Brain Sentry was explaining what would happen if he let it drop. Affixed to its rear, the helmet had a small impact sensor, made by his company, Brain Sentry. When the helmet registers the kind of shock powerful enough to cause a concussion - such as being dropped from a height - the device emits a strong red LED light visible from 30 yards away in bright sunlight.
January 10, 2014 |
Flyers winger Matt Read has concussion symptoms and will be sidelined through the weekend and perhaps longer, general manager Paul Holmgren said before Wednesday's game against Montreal. Read appeared to take an elbow to the head in a 4-1 win in Calgary on Dec. 31. At the time, he passed all baseline tests, Holmgren said. That seemed to rule out a concussion. But Read's eye problems continued, and Holmgren said he probably has a concussion. "Initially, we didn't think that.
January 10, 2014 |
AFTER MATT READ missed four consecutive games, with little injury information and no skating, it was clear he was suffering from more than a standard "upper-body" injury. Turns out, where there is smoke, there is fire. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced last night that Read has been suffering from "concussion-like symptoms. " Read attempted to practice during Saturday's morning skate in Phoenix but never felt quite right. Holmgren said the Flyers did not announce it as a concussion because their medical staff did not initially believe it to be one. "Initially, he passed all of the tests that are required by the protocol," Holmgren said.
December 20, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' secondary still doesn't match up well against the deepest group of receivers the Eagles will have seen this season, but getting Brandon Boykin back certainly is a step in the right direction. Boykin, the Eagles' second-year nickel cornerback, suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss at Minnesota, returning a kickoff. That might be why the Birds spent much of the year having Damaris Johnson run straight at tacklers, even though Boykin has better vision - the Eagles' playoff chances could have been stretched out on the dingy Metrodome carpet along with Boykin, given the struggles of the two outside guys, Cary Williams and Brandon Fletcher, and the lack of an experienced backup for the slot.