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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

The former darts world champion discusses his battle with prostate cancer and why these days he is as happy to play for free in the local county leagues as on the biggest stageWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three-tim…

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Concussion is irreversible brain damage: we need to have this conversation | Ian Roberts

After a long rugby league career I wasn’t getting out without a scratch. But the news shocked meWhen the test results came back I was half-expecting negative news. I’d played nearly 250 games of rugby league and been concussed over a dozen times. I was…

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Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as heavily polluted air continued to plague an internationa…

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Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Bookmakers and betting companies are failing to honour pledge to donate to care, says leading charity GambleAwareGambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by l…

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NFL concussion: researchers hope blood tests can better detect head trauma

Several firms trying to develop new methods to assess extent of damageBaltimore’s Joe Flacco left Miami game with concussion after heavy hitIn the second quarter of an NFL game on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco slid to gain…

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World Rugby rejects ‘alarmist’ call for tackling and scrum ban in school sport

  • Experts call for ban on ‘harmful contact’ to reduce injury risk
  • World Rugby questions data and claims made in new study

World Rugby has rejected “extreme and alarmist” claims made in a study that calls on scrums and tackling to be banned at school level, with a number of former international players also speaking out against the proposal.

Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University had urged the government to remove the tackle and other forms of “harmful contact” from school rugby. They argued that removing collision is likely to “reduce and mitigate the risk of injury” and said governments have a duty to “ensure the safety of children”.

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London 2017: 30 people fall ill after norovirus hits athletics event

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala turned away from stadium’s warm-up track by security guards after medical disqualification

At least 30 athletes and team members at the world athletics championships in London have been infected in a suspected outbreak of norovirus, public health officials have said.

Several competitors were forced to withdraw from events in the first half of the tournament after suffering symptoms including vomiting. Nine people were still affected by Tuesday afternoon, the organising committee said.

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Concussion protocols at 2014 World Cup failed Fifa standards, study finds

Almost two-thirds of head collision incidents at the tournament were not followed by players being assessed on the sidelines by medical professionals

Head collisions experienced by footballers during the 2014 World Cup were not tackled according to Fifa’s own standards, research has revealed.

A team of doctors from Canada have found that after almost two-thirds of the head collision events that occurred during the tournament, the players involved did not receive an assessment on the sidelines by healthcare personnel.

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Concussion protocols at 2014 World Cup failed Fifa standards, study finds

Almost two-thirds of head collision incidents at the tournament were not followed by players being assessed on the sidelines by medical professionals

Head collisions experienced by footballers during the 2014 World Cup were not tackled according to Fifa’s own standards, research has revealed.

A team of doctors from Canada have found that after almost two-thirds of the head collision events that occurred during the tournament, the players involved did not receive an assessment on the sidelines by healthcare personnel.

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The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success?

Forget football, the world’s fastest-growing sport is live video gaming. But increasingly its impact is proving harmful to those involvedE-sports: the digital revolution has arrived – videoIf you had been away from the planet for the past quarter of a …

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Czech Republic’s Frantisek Rajtoral found dead at home

• Gaziantepspor midfielder, 31, won 14 caps for his country
• FifPro says more must be done to support current players

The president of Turkish side Gaziantepspor has confirmed reports that Czech Republic international Frantisek Rajtoral killed himself at his home over the weekend, with the chief medical officer of international players’ union warning more needs to be done to combat mental illness among current professionals.

The 31-year-old, who played 14 times for his country and was part of the squad that reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, was reportedly found hanged after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday.

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I won Olympic golds with endometriosis. Anything is possible | Emily Seebohm

Exclusive: The Olympic swimming champion tells how she discovered she had the disease and why she’s decided to talk about it now

It was before the Rio Olympics that I finally realised there was something wrong with me – that the cramps, back pain, stomach ache, irregular menstrual cycles, cravings and fatigue weren’t just the result of my gruelling training regime.

My gynaecologist suggested I could have endometriosis but the only way to diagnose that is through surgery and, in an Olympic year, there was no way that was going to happen. It wasn’t a possibility so I just had to deal with it.

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An afternoon with Stan Bowles: the twinkle is still there but the memories are gone

The brilliant former QPR player is suffering from Alzheimer’s, with friends and family pushing for a testimonial year at the club where he dazzled in the 1970s

The smile has not changed, as puckish as it always was; nor has the mischievous glint in Stanley Bowles’s sea-blue eyes. I remember it all like yesterday, when Bowles bedazzled football, weaving, winding through a humiliated defence yet again, in the hoops of Queens Park Rangers, atop the league, back in the 1970s.

Related: Footballers could be at risk of dementia from blows to the head, study suggests

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Footballers could be at risk of dementia from blows to the head, study suggests

Findings show potential link between repeated sub-concussive head impacts and degenerative disease, although no clear link to football established

Years of heading balls and colliding with other players could be damaging footballers’ brains and putting players at risk of developing dementia, scientists have suggested.

The claim comes from the researchers behind a small study which examined the brains of six footballers who developed dementia after long careers in the sport.

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Individual athletes more prone to depression, researchers find

Study by German sports psychologists finds individual athletes score higher on depression scale than those in team sportsAthletes in individual sports are more prone to depression than those in team games, according to German research to be presented a…

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Former Socceroo Steve Herczeg died after catheter connected to oxygen, coroner told

Inquest begins into death of 72-year-old in September at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Adelaide

A former Socceroo died in hospital because his urinary catheter was wrongly connected to an oxygen supply, leading to a burst bladder and collapsed lungs, a coroner has heard.

An inquest is being held into the death of Steve Herczeg at Adelaide’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 19 September.

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Former Socceroo Steve Herczeg died after catheter connected to oxygen, coroner told

Inquest begins into death of 72-year-old in September at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Adelaide

A former Socceroo died in hospital because his urinary catheter was wrongly connected to an oxygen supply, leading to a burst bladder and collapsed lungs, a coroner has heard.

An inquest is being held into the death of Steve Herczeg at Adelaide’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 19 September.

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Paralysed, pregnant Claire Lomas finishes Great North Run in five days

Wearing bionic suit, former event rider began half-marathon on Wednesday and finished Sunday to raise funds for charity A paralysed pregnant woman wearing a bionic suit has completed the Great North Run five days after she started it.Claire Lomas, from…

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Charlie Webster back in UK after contracting malaria at Rio Olympics

TV presenter and Team GB ambassador in hospital in Leeds after falling seriously ill at opening ceremony of 2016 GamesTV presenter Charlie Webster, who contracted malaria in Brazil, has arrived back in the UK.The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador travelle…