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Tony Dorsett Is Losing His Mind

It was January 3, 1983, the last day of the NFL’s strike-shortened season, and Tony Dorsett’s Dallas Cowboys were losing to the Minnesota Vikings onMonday Night Football. A fumbled punt had the Cowboys trapped deep in their own territory, the ball a few inches outside the end zone.

And the Cowboys were out-manned. Fullback Ron Springs didn’t hear what play they were going to run, so he was still on the sideline, leaving only 10Cowboys on the field and Dorsett all alone in the backfield.

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Soccer ‘headers’ and concussions: Riskier than we thought?

Soccer players have always been assured that heading the ball — redirecting it by having it bounce off the head — is harmless when done correctly.

But brain researchers say the practice needs to be studied more to determine it’s a true risk for concussion.

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A permit for youth football safety?

Robb Rehberg, Executive Director of Sport Safety International supports the idea of New York City using its civic authority to help fill those gaps.

“Youth football needs to establish a medical standard of care, and while it would be most desirable for such a standard to be established through culture change and ‘buy-in’ from all stakeholders, sometimes a legislative remedy is necessary to effect change,” Rehberg said. “Perhaps the power of the permit can serve as the catalyst for that culture change.”

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NOCSAE Approves Development of First Football Helmet Standard to Address Concussions

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) board of directors has approved the development of a revised football helmet standard that will require helmets to limit certain concussion causing forces.

The NOCSAE action to move forward the development of a more comprehensive helmet standard was taken on the heels of new NOCSAE-funded research which identified brain tissue response from a concussive event and the development of a new method to test helmets which replicates some of the rotational forces involved in a concussion. NOCSAE’s helmet standards have eliminated skull fractures in football by requiring the advancement of new helmet technology. This revised standard aims at continuing this advancement by attempting to reduce concussion risk.

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Does Your Kid Have a Concussion? Tips for Parents

A concussion is an invisible injury that can not be seen by MRI, CAT scan or X-rays. A concussion can affect the way a person thinks, feels and remembers things. Someone with a concussion can be sensitive to loud and repetitive noises and bright noises. It can make a person sleepy, emotional, distracted, moody and forgetful and it can be caused by a hit to the head or whiplash or anything that causes a sharp jarring to the head.

Because it can’t be diagnosed by X-ray, doctors diagnose it by asking questions and getting patients to do simple physical activities — my son had to touch his nose and then touch the doctor’s hand over and over.

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Lawmakers, Obama butt heads on football

President Obama said he wouldn’t let his son play pro football, but many lawmakers have a different perspective.

An avid pigskin fan, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he understands the risks.

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NCAA concussion defense: Sporting event organizers aren’t liable for obvious injury risks

As ex athletes seek medical help and lawyers jockey for position and money in the lawsuits, the NCAA’s defense is crystalizing. The legal argument emerging is this: The NCAA has no legal duty to protect college athletes.

The NCAA was one of several defendants named in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of Frostburg State football player Derek Sheely, who died in 2011 after suffering a brain injury during preseason practice. The lawsuit in Maryland state court claims Frostburg State coaches kept berating Sheely to continue practicing even though he was bleeding profusely from his forehead after multiple hits to the head over several days of practices.

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What We’ve Learned From Two Years of Tracking NFL Concussions

When FRONTLINE started investigating the NFL’s concussion crisis in 2012, we ran into an early stumbling block. We wanted to know how many head injuries were taking place in the league each season. The trouble was, no major news organization was keeping count. With little to go off besides the NFL’s own numbers, we decided to try it ourselves.

For the past two seasons, FRONTLINE’s Concussion Watch project has been tracking which players have gone down with head injuries, and how long they sit out post-concussion. Over that time, more than 300 players have been added to the league’s official injury report because of a concussion. With Super Bowl XLVIII now over, here are five takeaways from the data:

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Upon further review, many concussions caused by head hitting turf

“People think ‘concussion,’ and they immediately picture in their mind one guy hitting another and his head snapping back,” said Atlanta-area attorney Robert Blackmon, who has been involved either as a lawyer or consultant in four concussion-related cases. “That’s not always the case. You don’t have to hit another person, believe me, to (suffer) a concussion. (Playing) surfaces figure into the equation, too. I don’t know if it’s the ‘dirty little concussion secret’ or not. But it’s true.”

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Concussion specialist may begin new era in Sochi

In another sign of the growing concern about head trauma in sports, the NHL and the U.S. ski team will each have at least one concussion expert at the Sochi Olympics.

Dr. Jeff Kutcher, a Michigan-based neurologist, will be in one of two hockey arenas and the on-hill physician for three events on the slopes in Russia.

U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said Kutcher will be the association’s first specialist evaluating and treating concussions during the Winter Olympics.

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