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League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

Questions Over NFL Doctor Cloud League’s Concussion Case

As the former chairman of the NFL’s powerful research arm, Dr. Elliot Pellman helped shape the league’s concussion guidelines, yet as a rheumatologist, he had no previous expertise in brain research.

Concussion Watch

In Brawl For Seau Brain, a Proxy War Over Concussion Science

The NFL’s intervention in the fate of Junior Seau’s brain — the most prized specimen yet in the race to document the relationship between football and brain damage — was part of an aggressive strategy to dictate who leads the science of concussions.

Concussion Watch

Concussion Researchers Consulted With NFL Players’ Lawyers

The disclosures come as oral arguments begin Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on the NFL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit, which involves more than 4,000 former players who allege the league concealed the effects of football-related head trauma.

Concussion Watch

New Study Finds Brain Damage in Living Ex-NFL Players

It’s the first time researchers have identified signs of the crippling brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients.

Concussion Watch

NFL’s Progress On Concussions Blurred By Inconsistencies

An analysis of the NFL’s concussion guidelines by FRONTLINE and ESPN has revealed an array of inconsistencies in how the league tracks, treats and even describes serious head injuries.

Concussion Watch

Inside the Numbers: Counting Concussions in the NFL

The reported number of NFL players with concussions this season is on pace to increase more than 9 percent from last year, to an average of nearly nine per week.

Concussion Watch

Researchers Discover 28 New Cases of Brain Damage in Deceased Football Players

That brings the total to 50 confirmed cases of a degenerative brain disease found in former NFL, college and high school players. But some critics question whether the scientists are overstating their findings.

Concussion Watch

NFL Board Paid $2M to Players While League Denied Football-Concussion Link

The decision by the NFL’s retirement board could be critical evidence in a blockbuster player lawsuit over concussions.

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