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NFL players, families coming to grips of the dangers of repeat concussions

Manny Lawson has a vivid recollection of his most serious concussion.

That’s only because it was captured on film. What he recalls is seeing it later on videotape, and being stunned by the image. It’s the most terrifying movie he’s ever seen, his personal “Halloween.”

Lawson, the Bills veteran linebacker, was with the Niners at the time. As he was making a tackle, another player’s leg crashed into his helmet. Six plays later, he walked off the field and told someone, “I don’t remember anything that just happened.”

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“League of Denial” PBS documentary is a cautionary tale for every parent, and should give pause to every NFL fan

The film concluded at 10:53 Tuesday night, and almost instinctively Harry Carson reached for his phone to text his daughter. His mind was on his grandson, Kellen, who turns 4 this weekend.

“Now do you get it?” Harry thumbed at Val, one of his three adult kids. “Now do you have a full understanding why the young man must not play football?”

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Why the NFL’s Concussion Policy Is Failing

The system is supposed to work. A player is watched by not only a team’s medical staff, but also the officiating crew, a specialized observer up in the booth with the replay official and the plethora of cameras that show every angle of every play.

When any of these people spots a possible concussion, an independent neurologist on the sidelines will conduct a series of tests and determine whether a player needs to be taken off the field or if he’ll return to the game.

Except that’s not how it works at all.

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Riddell doubling down on concussion data

After waves of lawsuits alleging the failure to warn about the dangers of the sport and that helmets were ineffective in preventing concussions, the number of companies making them dropped from more than a dozen in the late 1970s to only a couple of major names by the early 1990s.

The moral of the story: The football helmet business is risky, and it’s not easy for any company to stay on its feet.

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NFL’s concussions settlement deal is a long way from the end of the story

They hoped the $765 million deal between the league and the former players who claimed the NFL withheld information about the long-term effects of concussions would buy silence from the daily drumbeat of depressing stories of damage suffered by players. Fans perhaps hoped the guilt they may feel every time they hear of another former deceased gridiron hero’s brain being sliced open looking for answers to the end of a short and tortured life would now disappear.

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NFL Concussion Lawsuit’s Ripple Effect: Should the Young People in Your Life Play Sports?

In the wake of the NFL’s settlement of the first class action concussion lawsuit brought by former players over brain trauma, much has been declared and yet little has been clarified for those seeking to determine the concussion risks of playing sports. In May 2012, Kurt Warner went on record as saying that he wasn’t sure he’d want his sons to play football.The hailstorm of criticism he faced from colleagues was at once shocking and predictable. That former players like Merril Hoge would be so conditioned to defend the NFL that they accused Warner of throwing “the game that has been so good to him under the bus” is heartbreaking.

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Report: NFL’s safety changes slow to take hold this season

The NFL has been trying to make football safer through more player safety rules, research on better protection and teaching better techniques for playing. Of course, no change happens overnight.

USA Today examined the NFL’s shift in culture in light of helmet-to-helmet hits from Washington safety Brandon Meriweather and Dashon Goldson’s suspension for violating safety rules. It concluded that change is a slow process that includes a lot of education.

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Concussion issue in NFL remains after another weekend of big hits

The questionable hits come at a time when the NFL is emphasizing player safety and reducing concussions. And the ones in Green Bay were not the NFL’s only scary moments Sunday.

San Diego wide receiver Malcom Floyd got sandwiched between two Philadelphia defenders and remained motionless at midfield for 10 minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. That play did not appear to be the result of an illegal hit.

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NATA Issues Official Statement on Calling Crown of the Helmet Violations

On August 13th, 2013 the National Athletic Trainers’ Association released an official statement regarding the calling of crown of the helmet violations in an effort to ensure sports safety at every level of football participation and with the start of preseason games and practices soon underway. The statement recognizes the work of the NFL, NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations, which have studied injury patterns and created rules related to top of the head contact.

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NFL: Former stars Troy Aikman, John Lynch say concussion issue not settled

The NFL’s concussion settlement might not have settled anything.

On Wednesday, two former Super Bowl champions — Troy Aikman and John Lynch, now Fox Sports broadcasters — contended the league has more work to do.

Aikman wants the NFL to divulge more details about what it knew regarding the long-term impact of repeated blows to the head, and when it knew it. Lynch said he expects even more litigation after the league tentatively agreed last week to pay out $765 million to a group of former players.

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