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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 …

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.

UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

Mark Rypien admitted to hitting his wife despite couple’s insistence he didn’t commit domestic violence, police say

According to arresting officer Todd Brownlee’s report of the incident, Rypien acknowledged hitting his wife Danielle Rypien on Sunday, June 30, near Maple Street and Garland Avenue in his car …

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Rypien, wife say he didn’t commit domestic violence assault; CTE medication not to blame

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic violence, wrote in a joint statement with his wife that he didn’t commit a crime.

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

Daniel Carcillo is hurting inside and out after seven documented concussions in the National Hockey League and what he believes could be literally hundreds of traumatic brain injuries. Once his …

Junior Seau’s children settle with NFL over his 2012 suicide

The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL over the popular San Diego linebacker’s 2012 suicide. The confidential settlement comes …

Youth football, downtown Spokane stadium in spotlight amid concerns about head injuries

The revelation this week that former Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy prompted increased scrutiny about the safety of the high-impact sport on young players. …

Washington companies develop new technologies to make football safer

Increased awareness about sports-related brain trauma has brought a wave of new wearable technology designed to make athletes safer.

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from CTE when he killed himself

Tyler Hilinski cemented his place in Washington State lore in September with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow in double overtime to claim a 47-44 win over Boise State.

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.

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.

Woodpeckers show possible brain damage like that in football players

A new report about woodpecker brain tissue raises the possibility that the birds do suffer some consequences. Maybe the woodpeckers are just fine behaviorally. But they have, to the scientists’ …

Rachel Toor: Follow the higher ed mission (and science): abolish football

At some point, a university with a thriving program is going to stand up, finally, and say,

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Doctor: Aaron Hernandez’s brain was severely damaged by disease

A researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior. The 27-year-old former New England Patriots …

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 …

Career Technical Education: A working plan

EUGENE, Ore. – As a freshman at Springfield High School, Leyah Krimbow dreaded going to class. “I used to ask my mom every morning if I could stay home,” Krimbow, …

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 …

NFL agrees there are links between football, CTE

The NFL is standing behind a top executive’s acknowledgement that the brain disease CTE can be linked to football.

NFL exec admits to CTE-football head trauma link

An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time.

Brandi Chastain pledges her brain for concussion study

Brandi Chastain, who scored the game-winning penalty kick that gave the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup title, has pledged to donate her brain for concussion research when she …

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.

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 …

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the …

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE

BOSTON – Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL and Super Bowl MVP who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with …

AP survey: Concussions not most NFL players’ chief concern

Only 39 of 100 current NFL players in an AP survey conducted this season said they are more worried about the long-term effects of concussions than those of other injuries.

CTE continues to be evident in tests

Researchers studying a degenerative disease in former athletes say 11 of 12 brains of deceased former NFL players tested over the past year showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, continuing …

Concussions: Terrible fate awaited many

A medical condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is an area of study that has revealed startling insights over the past half-dozen years. A progressive, degenerative disease of the …