The life of a professional football player is physically grueling. Wide receiver Nate Jackson played in the NFL for 7 years, mostly as a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos, and although he wasn't a high-profile star — or even a starter — he did make a short career for himself in the coveted a...
The long-anticipated and hotly-debated new documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” finally debuted last night on PBS, with public interest and critical attention at a fever pitch after ESPN (foolishly) tried to dilute the film’s impact but withdrawing its name and support...
Last week ESPN surprised followers by removing its logo and official affiliation from the PBS documentary project, "League of Denial,” which looks into brain injuries in the National Football League. Many suspect that the network caved into pressure from the league to back out.   The ESPN t...
Medical experts traditionally believed that after banging your head in contact sports or a car accident, the concussive effects (headache, memory problems, dizziness) would quickly subside with some rest. But a recent University of Oklahoma study suggests that combat-related symptoms like traumat...
The past few years have brought an alarming number of studies and reports on short-term effects of concussions on youth who play sports, as well as possible long-term repercussions for professional athletes who play high-impact contact sports like football and hockey. All of these belong to a demogr...
In the wake of overwhelming scientific evidence of the long-term damage caused by head injuries, NFL players are increasingly seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Hopefully the NFL will also ramp up measures to protect players from the most serious forms of injury – some of which lead to pe...
The National Football League has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in an effort to force more than thirty insurance companies to defend the league against a veritable flood of head trauma and brain injury claims by players and their families. The NFL stated that it has been named as a de...
Last month we reported on growing concern over head injuries in football and the rise in lawsuits against the NFL. The folks at Medical Billing and Coding have researched this phenomenon and provided us with the following facts and statistics regarding brain damage in the NFL: Football comes in s...
The New York Times' recent feature on Pro Football injuries raised questions about the future of the sport in light of safety concerns about concussions and permanent brain damage, and cited several prominent "hits" the sport itself has taken over the past few days: Bart Scott, an unapologetically...