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Stadium Seats Recalled Due to Injury Risk

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As football season draws to an end and bowl game season approaches, GCI Outdoor announced a recall of about 6,000 BleacherBack stadium seats that were sold from January 2013 to August 2014. The backrest of the seats can fail, posing a risk of injury. GCI Outdoor has received one report of backrest support failure, causing the consumer to fall from bleachers, injuring their neck and back. The stadium seats recalled are made of a powder-coated steel frame, stitched fabric backrest, and fabric-covered padded bottom. The backrest has a mesh pocket on the back side, and the seat bottom has a strap ... Read More

Ohio State football player found dead after complaining of concussions, confusion

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Columbus, Ohio, police said they have found the body of Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge who had been missing since Wednesday after complaining of problems he blamed on concussions he received while playing for the Buckeyes. Investigators believe that the 22-year-old defensive lineman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after climbing into a dumpster near his apartment. According to the Associated Press, Mr. Karageorge’s mother said her son sent a text message around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday that said, “Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all [expletive] up.” She also said her son, ... Read More

Study suggests ‘heads up’ approach to tackling is safer for football players

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A new study shows that people are more apt to lose consciousness from a concussion caused by a blow to the top of the head than ones to the side of the head, leading researchers to suggest football players take a “head’s up” approach to tackling. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that disrupt how the brain works, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children and teenagers are more susceptible to concussions after head trauma than adults. They also take longer to recover from these injuries than adults. More focus is being put on head injuries in ... Read More

Study: Even non-concussion-causing blows to the head can adversely affect brain

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Many studies have established that concussions can have long-lasting effects on the brain, but a new study shows that even blows to the head that do not result in concussion can adversely affect the brain over the course of just one season. Determining the strength of impact that results in concussion is difficult to pinpoint, researcher Dr. Thomas W. McAllister told FoxNews.com. “So that raised questions of, if that’s the case, what do we know about the effects of these repetitive blows – some of which are quite high in magnitude,” he says. “And it turns out we didn’t know ... Read More

UNC-Chapel Hill whistleblower says academic fraud scheme kept many athletes enrolled

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A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whistleblower told school officials Tuesday that many students, most of them athletes, were taking classes that actually never occurred. Mary Willingham, an instructor and advisor, has become a key figure amid ongoing accusations and investigations of academic fraud at the school. Ms. Willingham told UNC’s Faculty Athletics Committee the school was aware of a long-running scam to help some students meet the university’s academic requirements and remain eligible. She was one of the first people to speak out against the alleged practice, which occurred within the African and Afro-American Studies program. An ... Read More

NFL player quits midseason over sport’s toll on his health, says money isn’t worth it

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Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt has made national headlines for quitting his lucrative National Football League (NFL) career midseason, a move that has elicited criticism from many who claim the player must be crazy. But for Moffitt, 27, the decision to leave wasn’t as difficult as some might imagine because he says the game has been taking an enormous toll on his health. As the New York Times explains, “in parts of three seasons as a guard with the Seattle Seahawks and the Broncos, Moffitt … blew out his knee, had elbow surgery and hurt his shoulders. Sleep apnea left him exhausted. ... Read More

New rules are needed to protect athletes if football is to survive

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Increasing reports of serious, long-term health problems from repeated blows to the head are causing more parents to keep their children out of high-impact sports like football, and leaving many to wonder if the sport is headed for extinction if new rules are not adopted to protect athletes. In the past few years, dementia-like symptoms in professional football players have made scientists wonder if brains damaged during hard hits to the head on the playing field may have contributed to their degenerative brain diseases later in life. As of 2012, 33 former National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed ... Read More

Indiana plane crash survivor’s brain injuries require long-term care, lawyer says

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An Oklahoma man who survived an airplane crash in Indiana earlier this year likely won’t recover from the traumatic brain injuries he sustained, his lawyer told the Associated Press. Jim Rodgers of Tulsa, Okla., and his son-in-law Chris Evans were passengers in a private jet owned and piloted by Tulsa businessman Wes Caves, who employed Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Evans in his automotive coating business, Digicut Sales. Mr. Caves was killed when the Hawker Beechcraft jet crashed into some homes as it was making an emergency landing at South Bend Regional Airport March 17. Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve ... Read More

Former college players file concussion lawsuit against Ridell, NCAA

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Two former University of Oregon football players have proposed a class-action lawsuit against helmet maker Riddell Inc. and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) earlier this month, alleging they fraudulently concealed their knowledge of concussion risks from players, thereby exposing them to Alzheimer’s disease and other potentially debilitating brain disorders. The lawsuit was brought by John DuRocher and Darin Harris, both of whom say they were diagnosed with concussions after games. Mr. DuRocher claims that he has suffered frequent and severe headaches since his concussions, while Mr. Harris says that he suffers from memory loss, difficulty focusing, anxiety, and depression ... Read More

Two separate concussion lawsuits against NCAA clash over overlap, differences

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A group of former college football players who are suing the NCAA over its handling of football-related concussions urged a federal court in Tennessee to block intervention in their suit by another group of former college athletes in Illinois who made similar claims against the association two years ago. The Tennessee complaint, filed by former University of Tennessee defensive end Chris Walker and two other players, asserts the NCAA knew or should have known about the risks posed to football players but did nothing to warn them about the dangers. The plaintiffs also allege that that the NCAA failed to ... Read More