Steve Fainaru

Debating the Science of Concussions
In an excerpt from their book, League of Denial, reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru detail how an official NFL conference on concussions descended into a near brawl between neuroscientists.
October 8, 2013
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.
August 18, 2013
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.
April 29, 2013
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.
April 5, 2013
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.
January 22, 2013
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.
December 13, 2012
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.
December 13, 2012
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.
December 3, 2012
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.
November 16, 2012