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SPORTS
May 8, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Less than an hour after Craig Berube had confirmed that the Flyers considered Steve Mason healthy enough to tend goal for them again, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman treated the topic of concussions with a smugness that belied his league's substandard policy. This was Tuesday, April 22, before Game 3 of the Flyers-Rangers series, and Bettman had come to town for a quick news conference, a chance to tout Philadelphia's hosting the NHL draft in June. He was asked once about the secrecy surrounding Mason's "upper-body injury" and once about the intrinsic viciousness of the NHL's postseason, and taken together, his two answers were a jumbled justification for a culture and a concussion protocol that still place a player's utility ahead of his health.
SPORTS
May 5, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the morning of what, to that point, would be the most important hockey game of his life, Steve Mason wasn't certain he would play until after they had removed the needles from his head. The headaches had returned the day before, that same dull throbbing that he'd lived with for a week after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12. Only now Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers was less than 12 hours away, and Mason had expected to start in goal.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
SPORTS
January 12, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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