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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Rams WR Brandin Cooks ruled out with concussion, seeing specialist

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks won’t play in Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh while he seeks further medical help for his second concussion in a month.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

NFL: Preseason game concussion rate increased by 44%

The NFL says the number of concussions in exhibition games this year rose to 49 from 34 in 2018, an increase of 44% and a setback in efforts to reduce …


Soccer leagues, player unions team up on concussion protocol

European soccer leagues and player unions are teaming up to improve how concussions are identified and treated during games. The European Leagues group and FIFPro, the global network of national …


As concerns about tackle football grow, flag football proves popular with players – and parents

It looks like another banner year for flag football. Participation is soaring – in America, Spokane and at Glover Middle School, where the season can’t get here soon enough.


Former Detroit Tigers catcher Bill Freehan one of many ex-athletes feeling the long-term effects of concussions

At a recent birthday celebration in their Vinegar Flats neighborhood, Rick Freehan sat on a sofa next to his wife, Carole, and chatted about typical neighborhood topics. A sighting of …


Law that gives trainers authority to pull players at center of effort to combat concussions

“The kids are doing good with all this, they understand that we have their best interests at heart here,” West Valley football coach Craig Whitney said. “We want kids to …


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019

The painful truth: Injuries inevitable at Hoopfest

There were half a dozen more injuries at Hoopfest this year than last year. Kevin Maloney, a spokesman for MultiCare, said there were 1,780 total injuries at Hoopfest over the …


Deaths from brain, heart problems higher for NFL than MLB

NFL players may be more likely to die from brain diseases and heart problems than Major League Baseball players but the reasons are unclear.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Faces of concussions: NHL’s head-on battle with an epidemic

Scores of retired NHL players are still grappling with the effects of head injuries they suffered during their careers. Daniel Carcillo is one of them.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

NFL, union encouraged by helmet safety improvements

NFL and players’ union officials are encouraged by the improvements in helmet safety, as reflected by the poster both sides released showing that six of 11 helmets tested this year …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

NFL drops appeal over dementia claims in concussion case

The NFL has abruptly dropped its plan to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players’ lawyers accuse the league of trying to delay payments and rewrite …


Subtle stimulation: Spokane neurologist offering transcranial magnetic stimulation

Spokane neurologist Dr. David Greeley thinks more people these days are dealing with depression. Recently, he began a new service under the business name Kingfisher TMS offering transcranial magnetic stimulation, …


NFL concussion claims hit $500 million in less than 2 years

More than $500 million in claims were approved as of Monday under the NFL’s concussion settlement, nearly a decade earlier than league officials estimated they would reach that amount.


UFC champ Max Holloway out of big fight with concussion woes

Featherweight champion Max Holloway has been pulled from his title fight against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 due to symptoms of an apparent concussion. Holloway made two trips to the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018

Larry Stone: Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s departure elicits feelings of admiration, guilt

Kam Chancellor’s combustive hits are a large part of what draws us to football. The problem is, we know too much these days. Too much about the debilitating effects of …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

Increasing number of young athletes, like Tyler Hilinski, suffering from CTE

Tyler Hilinski was far from alone. As researchers have moved beyond the NFL to look at the brains of high school and college athletes, they’re increasingly finding signs of traumatic …


NFL seeks special investigator in concussion settlement

The NFL is accusing some attorneys representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud and has asked for the appointment of a special investigator. Lawyers for the plaintiffs …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018

Former NFL star Brett Favre says he might have had “thousands” of concussions

Brett Favre says he might have had “thousands” of concussions during his Hall of Fame career.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. His attorney said Thursday that the player’s daughter …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

Tom Brady: Concussions part of ‘the physical nature of our game’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he doesn’t worry about concussions and considers them part of playing football. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Brady says he understands …


Brain study examined 111 former NFL players. Only one didn’t have CTE.

Researchers studying the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy found that 99 percent of the brains donated by families of former NFL players showed signs of the neurodegenerative disease, …


Warren Sapp to donate brain for medical research

Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is donating his brain for medical research. Sapp has announced that his brain will go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million

The first two claims in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced at a total payout of $9 million. The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing …


Heads Up! New helmet getting tryout at NFL minicamps

Except when a big star doesn’t show up or gets injured, it’s rare that NFL minicamps make many headlines.


Calvin Johnson: Playing through concussions is part of NFL life

If Tom Brady played through a brain injury last season like his wife, Giselle Bundchen, suggested, he wouldn’t be the first NFL player to do so.


Agent: Tom Brady didn’t have concussion last season

The agent for Tom Brady says the New England Patriots quarterback wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion last year. Don Yee made that comment to ESPN. Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, …


Around MLS: 2 recent incidents spotlight MLS concussion protocol

Major League Soccer’s concussion protocol was in the spotlight after a pair of incidents this weekend. The league concussion protocol is set by a special committee, and the clubs are …


Leonard Marshall, Matt Hasselbeck pledge brains to research

Two more retired football stars have pledged their brains to research. Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall and three-time Pro Bowl selection Matt Hasselbeck say they will donate their brains …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year

Gisele Bundchen says her husband Tom Brady suffered a concussion in 2016, the year the Patriots began a season in which the star quarterback led the Patriots to another Super …


Concussion spotter couldn’t pull Sidney Crosby for hitting boards

An NHL concussion spotter did not find Sidney Crosby’s headfirst slide into the boards to be a valid reason to remove him from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 6 against the …