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Category: Concussion in sport

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‘I have a three-minute memory’: Football’s toll on one man’s promising life

Zac Easter’s teenage years revolved around football. In an extract from his latest book, Reid Forgrave looks at how the sport has impacted one familyZac Easter was 24 years old when, in December 2015, he took his father’s shotgun and turned it on his o…

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Modern footballers could be at ‘greater risk’ from head injury, says study

The Field study was commissioned by the FA and PFAModern players not at any less risk than predecessorsModern footballers could be at greater risk of neurodegenerative disease from head injuries than their predecessors, the academic leading a landmark …

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The Breakdown | Shane Williams: ‘Unlike in my day, player welfare is a clear priority’

The former Wales wing’s documentary is broadcast on Thursday and he says the game is changing for the betterShane Williams is one of thousands of former rugby players who can only wonder at the impact their playing days will have in later life. The for…

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Former England captain Dave Watson has neurodegenerative disease

Disease ‘most likely’ result of concussions and heading ballWatson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973The former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease that was “most likely” brought on by head injuries and repeated heading …

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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The brilliant Luke Kuechly gave us a searing image of brain trauma

The abrupt retirement of the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker serves as a reminder we are all complicit in the trauma that football inflicts on playersLuke Kuechly, the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker who has anno…

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Landmark study reveals link between football and dementia

• University of Glasgow researchers reveal results of major study• Four-fold risk of Alzheimer’s and motor neurone diseaseFormer professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than the general population, a landmark …

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Landmark study reveals link between football and dementia

• University of Glasgow researchers reveal results of major study• Four-fold risk of Alzheimer’s and motor neurone diseaseFormer professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than the general population, a landmark …

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Ryan Giggs and Daniel James under fire over actions after head collision

• Brain injury charity Headway criticises manager and player• Giggs says James passed concussion protocols at half-timeRyan Giggs’s stance that Manchester United’s Daniel James was being “streetwise” when remaining down following a collision during Wal…

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Former UC Berkeley cheerleader says coaches ignored concussions in lawsuit

Melissa Martin sues university, USA Cheer and former coachesPlaintiff says coaches bullied her into performing despite injuryMartin suffered three concussions leading to forced withdrawalA former collegiate cheerleader who suffered multiple brain injur…

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Rob Gronkowski was dangerously wrong when he says CTE is ‘fixable’

The former New England Patriots star backtracked after recent comments about brain trauma. But there are plenty of misunderstandings about the conditionTwitter has become a forum for political discussion – and amusing gifs – but it shouldn’t one for me…

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Steve Hansen says World Rugby will alter HIA process after Cane debacle

• Flanker missed second half despite passing half-time HIA test• ‘They’ve modified it which is great, good response’The All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, has revealed World Rugby have altered the process around head injury assessments at half time to avo…

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Where does Reece Hodge’s baffling escape leave high tackle crackdown? | Andy Bull

The Australia wing caught Fiji’s Peceli Yato in the head with a shoulder and didn’t use his arms, World Rugby’s tackle directives could not be clearer – yet no action was takenFor 15 minutes the Sapporo Dome sounded as loud as any other ground in the g…

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Anthony Joshua wanted to ‘fight through concussion’ against Andy Ruiz

• Heavyweight says he knew he was concussed in third round• Joshua: ‘You’ve got to fight through the concussion if you can’Anthony Joshua has admitted he knew he was concussed but was ready to “fight through” it against Andy Ruiz Jr, fuelling the debat…

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Anthony Joshua’s trainer McCracken backed over concussion comments

• Rob McCracken ‘knew’ Joshua was concussed against Ruiz Jr• Boxing Board of Control reject claims trainer failed duty of careAnthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken will not face any disciplinary action for saying he allowed his heavyweight to keep fig…

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Helmets don’t eliminate concussions. It’s time for the NFL to ditch them

The league’s brain trauma epidemic needs radical solutions. If recent changes aren’t protecting players then we need to rethink the game’s fundamentalsOne of the dumbest storylines of the NFL preseason was Antonio Brown and his banned helmet. The whole…

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‘My world just crumbled’: the untold wreckage of concussions in surfing

Mercedes Maidana was one of the world’s best big-wave surfers, until the head injury that swept away the life she knewIt looks like the sea is aiming at her.The wave lifts, lunges and detonates and Mercedes Maidana lies on her board as she is engulfed …

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Australia’s fixation with heroic injuries hampers progress on concussion in sport | Megan Maurice

The fraught debate would benefit from not mythologising athletes who play through injuryWhile Justin Langer referred to the decision to keep Steve Smith out of the third Test as a “no brainer”, with no apparent irony, the debate around concussion in sp…

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Jofra Archer’s duel with Steve Smith a blend of exhilaration and fear | Richard Williams

The physical threat posed by a fast bowler is a legitimate aspect of cricket and this was an elevated example of a hallowed genreWhile mulling over England’s tactics for what would go down in history as the Bodyline series, Douglas Jardine watched a ne…

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Steve Smith’s Test concussion reignites debate about safety

Brain injury charity Headway says batsman should not have returned to pitch after being hitThe fallout from the sight of the great Australian batsman Steve Smith being felled by a 92.4 mph bouncer, which led to him being withdrawn on Sunday from the se…