A Maryland lawmaker is drafting a bill that would ban tackling in football for children under the age of 14.
Fred Pettus saw his promising college football career — and entire life — derailed by concussions. Now he’s suing the NCAA.
One of the changes: If a player shows signs of a seizure or similar responses, they will be removed from the game and cannot return.
A Rhode Island congressman is pledging to donate his brain to research into a degenerative brain disease detected in former football players.
A new study into the effects of tackle football on young, developing brains finds that children who start playing football before age 12 have greater risks for behavioral issues, cognitive impairment and depression as adults.
In the last part of WTOP’s “Bad Brains” special report, Noah Frank examines whether football brain injuries are reversible for young nonprofessional athletes — and whether the sport itself can survive amid declining youth participation.
A college football analyst for ESPN said he left the network because he could no longer continue supporting football in an analyst role saying he doesn’t “currently think the game is safe for the brain.”
Can there ever be such a thing as a safe football helmet? In part three of our four-part “Bad Brains” special report on brain injury in football, we explore a company hoping to take the sting out of the game’s hardest hits.
In Part II of WTOP’s “Bad Brains” special report on football’s concussion crisis, sports editor Noah Frank explores how new developments in technique are trying to reduce head contact in the sport.
In the first of a four-part special report, WTOP examines the issue of brain injury in football and what’s being done about the sport’s concussion crisis.
High school coaches in Maryland who knowingly put a player who has suffered a concussion back in a game, would face penalties under a bill being considered in Annapolis.
Under the “Play Smart. Play Safe” initiative, $60 million will be devoted toward developing technology such as improved helmets and $40 million will be allotted for medical research.
The company’s concussion services include an awareness program for coaches and trainers and post-injury medical testing.
The number of children in the United States who suffer concussions could be far higher than previously estimated because existing data is pulled primarily from high school and college athletics, not the location were most cases of concussion are diagnosed: a doctor’s office.
Football is a violent sport, but it isn’t the most dangerous one for college athletes.