| Oct 6, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Professional and collegiate sports have been on twin tracks in terms of bad publicity, each besieged by former players who have sought legal remedies to what they see as abusive systems. "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" received an assist...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What happens to the brain when someone suffers a concussion? Do concussions increase the risk of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?
ANSWER: A concussion is a brain injury that changes the way your brain functions. The effects of most...
| Sep 29, 2013
There has been a lot of talk about concussions in sports lately, sometimes in unexpected places.
"It's a tremendous issue and it's gaining traction," says former Bears safety Gary Fencik. "When I go to (Bears) alumni weekend games, no one is talking...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The National Football League’s increasingly visible injury legacy has become a topic of national debate, one that threatens to cast a lasting shadow over the country’s most popular, and profitable, sport.
Far less attention has been paid...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:11 PM
WASHINGTON — Like baby birds with yawning beaks, college football fans clamor to be fed. So fasten the chin strap on your helmet — ignore the warning label on it (“No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries...
| Aug 15, 2013
Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 2:12 PM
In December of 2012, Kay Morris, her three sons and daughter were gathered around the bedside of Larry Morris at Presbyterian Village in Austell, Ga. He has stopped eating and drinking, and was in a semi-comatose state.
They talk to him, but they are...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:31 PM
The story of the 1963 Bears, Chicago's overlooked champions, begins at the end of the 1962 season.
That year, the Bears won four of their last five games, including a 3-0 season finale against the Lions that many of the players recall as one of the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 5:54 PM
During the pregame show before February's Super Bowl in New Orleans, Deion Sanders shared his thoughts about the thousands of former football players filing concussion lawsuits against the National Football League.
"The game is a safe game," the...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 8:28 AM
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took issue with the notion that the league's $765 million settlement with former players is a paltry sum compared to the sport's revenues.
"This is a significant amount of money," he said Wednesday. "The plaintiffs also...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 9:00 AM
One way to describe the NFL's handling of concussions and their debilitating effects on football players — studies have pointed to brain-altering consequences such as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) — is as a costly fumble. Whether it's...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 9:50 PM
The lawsuit by former NFL players against the league claiming lack of warnings to players about the dangers, and alleging studies showing damage were covered up, has generated massive public focus.
There is a lawsuit in its early stages brought by...