Stories tagged: concussion
Thu., April 5, 2018, 8:58 a.m.
Coaches and doctors sometimes differ on concussion protocol
As athletics continues to intensify in high school and youth sports, the importance of concussion protocol and training has heightened despite splintering opinions on both sides. Coaches, and the athletes …
UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Consciousness of concussions is growing, but issue of sports-related brain injury may be far larger
Since the prevalence of traumatic brain injury among athletes has come to light, doctors and researchers studying the problem say it’s much broader than concussions or CTE.
Fri., March 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Walking his darkest path: Mark Rypien’s long struggle with traumatic brain injury
Mark Rypien doesn’t know if he has CTE: diagnosis can only be made with an autopsy. But both he and his wife, Danielle, can identify the signposts.
Fri., March 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Not just Mark: An inside look at the brain injuries common to football players
How do hits on the field translate into brain damage?
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 9:55 a.m.
NFL reviewing whether Seahawks followed concussion protocol
The NFL confirmed it is reviewing whether the Seattle Seahawks followed proper concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Steve Christilaw: Risks of concussion deserve top attention
I still remember a memo my former boss sent around to the staff working the sports section of this newspaper.
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 7:14 p.m.
Court decision advances case against Valley Christian School, football coach in death of player Drew Swank
The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that the lawsuit against Valley Christian School filed by the family of Drew Swank after his death can continue. They also reversed a …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 6 a.m.
NFL, union begin review of concussion protocol on Miami QB
The NFL has begun a review of the concussion protocol conducted on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore when he left his team’s playoff game at Pittsburgh after being shaken up.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016
Great strides being made to limit concussions, but there’s more to do
The football helmet works so well it frequently becomes a weapon that can cause serious injuries helmets are not designed to prevent: concussions.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: ‘I want to race. I’m not ready to quit.’
In his first public appearance since suffering a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday he was not ready to stop racing. Speaking at Watkins Glen International, where the Sprint Cup …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Lawsuit reinstated against Valley Christian School in Drew Swank’s 2009 high school football concussion death
The small, private religious academy did not prove it provided the legal standard of care necessary before Andrew Swank died of concussion-related complications after collapsing on the field during a …
Tue., March 29, 2016, 9:35 p.m.
In brief: U.S. soccer back on track for 2018 World Cup with win, LeBron-less Cavs fall
The United States got back on track for a berth in the 2018 World Cup, ending four nervous days with a 4-0 win over Guatemala on Tuesday night in Columbus, …
Tue., March 29, 2016, 12:38 p.m.
NFL demands retraction of New York Times concussion story
The NFL has demanded The New York Times retract a story that called the league’s concussion research flawed and likened the NFL’s handling of head trauma to the tobacco industry’s …
Mon., March 28, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
Former WSU defensive back Husain Abdullah, concerned for health, announces retirement from NFL
Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah announced his retirement after seven seasons on Monday, adding his name to the growing list of players who have walked away from the NFL because of …
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
Dr. Bennet Omalu, who identified CTE, has 6-figure book deal
The forensic pathologist who identified the brain disease CTE afflicting numerous football players and was played by Will Smith in the movie “Concussion” is working on a memoir.
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016
Steve Christilaw: Human cost of football must be weighed seriously
I remember watching the very first Super Bowl. It wasn’t anything near the big deal the game is today. Most of the rabid fans came disguised as empty seats at …
Mon., Jan. 11, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Couch Slouch: Concussion movie important to see
The concussion-in-football issue is rather a simple one: Dr. Bennet Omalu was able to link chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, to repeated blows to the head that many …
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Movie review: ‘Concussion’ doesn’t hit quite as hard as it could
“Concussion,” written and directed by Peter Landesman, establishes two things right away – the extreme reverence that people have for football, through a Hall of Fame acceptance speech by Pittsburgh …
Mon., Dec. 21, 2015, 10 a.m.
Movie shines light on dangers of concussion
Signs and symptoms of CTE, caused by repeated concussion, include neurologic problems like depression, impulsive behaviors, aggressiveness, irritability, memory problems, confusion and at times suicidal behavior. Symptoms frequently do not …
Mon., Oct. 19, 2015, 2:27 p.m.
Drew Swank’s family appeals the dismissal of concussion-related lawsuit
The family of a Valley Christian School football player who died of brain trauma in 2009 following a game injury has appealed a judge’s decision last year to dismiss their …
Sat., June 20, 2015
Police advise assault charge in fight at U-Hi football camp
Spokane Valley police are recommending a fourth-degree misdemeanor assault charge against a Coeur d’Alene football player who allegedly ripped a helmet off a Sandpoint player and hit him with it …
Sun., Sept. 21, 2014
Broncos’ Welker returns to field amid ongoing concussion debate
DENVER – Wes Welker’s receiving stats over a productive NFL career are impressive. Still, there’s another set of numbers associated with him that cannot be ignored: three concussions, nine months. …
Thu., June 19, 2014
Steve Christilaw: Thankfully, we’re learning more about dangers of concussions
We used to have a cavalier attitude about head injuries. We called it “getting your bell rung” and were often told to just “shake it off.” “No blood, no foul,” …
Wed., May 29, 2013, 2:23 p.m.
Prosecutor won’t press charges in football fight
The Whitman County Prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against a against University of Idaho football player who punched out a Washington State University athlete at a Pullman house party …
Thu., Sept. 27, 2012
Lawsuit filed in Valley Christian football player’s death
A Valley Christian School football player’s 2009 death from brain trauma began with a concussion suffered in a game the previous week that had not fully healed, according to a …
Fri., March 30, 2012
Shawn Vestal: Rypien’s lawsuit raises worthwhile questions
Not long ago, my sister-in-law asked me a question that I hadn’t considered. Was I planning to let my son, who was then 3, play football?
Tue., Feb. 14, 2012, 10:37 a.m.
Idaho looks at changing state concussion law
Athletics coaches and officials would be required to remove players from games who show signs of a concussion, according to a measure aimed at boosting protections for young athletes who …
Sat., Oct. 3, 2009
A play for safety
During football practice a few weeks ago C.J. Pier took a helmet-to-helmet hit to the head. The seventh-grade quarterback and wide receiver at Greenacres Middle School went down. He remembers …