The NFL has been heavily scrutinized for encouraging gameplay at the expense of player safety. As the league kicks off its 95th season, new rules are aimed at preventing injuries and reducing contact. Jeffrey Brown discusses the league’s adjustments with DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, and Dr. Matthew Matava of the NFL Physicians Society. Continue reading
The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal. Continue reading
There’s been so much excitement surrounding the World Cup — and it has been an amazing tournament so far — that one almost feels like “Debbie Downer” to talk about some of the problems facing the sport of soccer. But … Continue reading
Team USA’s run in the World Cup ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium, despite a record number of saves by American goalkeeper Tim Howard. For a closer look at goalkeeping, World Cup madness and the dangers of concussions, Jeffrey Brown turns to Briana Scurry, former goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
Despite reports on the dangers of concussions and in the wake of recent lawsuits against the NFL for illnesses related to head injuries, even high school athletes feel pressured to hide their injuries in order to get back in the game. Hari Sreenivasan and PBS NewsHour’s network of Student Reporting Labs explore how concussions in football have affected high school players. Continue reading
A federal judge rejected a deal between the NFL and former players. The judge argued that the proposed $760 million may not be enough to cover all retired players who become ill due to head injuries suffered while playing. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks with Dr. Gary Small of UCLA about how new procedures may enable doctors to identify serious head injuries in athletes and others, and the grave importance of protecting our brains from physical trauma. Continue reading
Virginia Tech researchers placed helmets with sensors on 7- and 8-year-old football players and collected data on more than 750 hits to the head over a season. The findings are the first quantitative study of the acceleration and risk that young brains face in youth football. Special correspondent Stone Phillips reports. Continue reading