concussions

NFL Safety is in Her Hands

Meet Betsy Nabel, the league's recently appointed health and medical adviser. The accomplished cardiologist tackles the future of sideline injury protocol, the health of players in retirement and why she took the job in the first place

New Allies in the Concussion Battle

The NFL is spending millions in grant money as it searches far and wide for ways to stem the tide of the concussion crisis. One unlikely place that could provide help: the U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The Man in Charge of the Future of Football

Former lineman Roman Oben, now the NFL's director of youth football, on growing the game amid health and safety concerns, answering critics regarding the sport's controversial past and why he decided to let his two sons play

Kevin Kolb Battles the Storms, Outside and In

‘Like someone shooting a shotgun next to my ear, every second of every day’—that’s how the former NFL quarterback describes the effects of the concussions he suffered during his six seasons in the league. How do you face a challenge like that and move on?

Trouble in the Trenches

‘Dings,’ ‘bell-ringers’ ... regardless of what they’re called, a new Harvard study reveals that potential concussions are being ignored at the line of scrimmage

A Tie’s a Win for the NFL

The latest turn in the concussion lawsuit saga—a judge gave her preliminary approval to a revised settlement—was good news for both sides. Here, we explain why the league and its owners ultimately will be the biggest beneficiaries

New Concussion Settlement a Win-Win

In a change to the initial agreement, the NFL's monetary award fund for retired players with brain injuries will now be uncapped. It's the right move for everyone

Getting Down to Business

You've got questions about the varying financial aspects of football, and we've got answers. Let's dive into topics such as quarterback values, playoff pay, coaching contracts and the recent snag in the NFL’s concussion settlement

Where the Game is Headed

Will football fade away, or adapt and grow? We take a realistic look at the NFL a decade down the road and find a safer game thanks to technological advances, refinement of the rules and a focus on playing smarter

Life After Concussions

What is it like to learn the latest information about the effects of head injuries, knowing you suffered a few yourself? Ex-NFL player Nate Jackson shares his perspective of being scared to death while simultaneously craving to play again

Lessons of a Football Father

Former fullback Fred McCrary on teaching his sons the game he loves and the lessons he’s learned

We Chose This Profession

Football is a dangerous, violent way to make a living. Players know that—now more than ever—and are willing to live with the risks. So don’t try to water down what’s best about the game

The First Line of Defense

The role of helmets in making football safer follows a fine line. Manufacturers are using innovating methods to produce smarter models. But will players wear them, and how far can technology go in lessening the impacts that lead to concussions?

Head Trauma in Football: A Special Report

Can football change? Will the sport become safer? How are concussions impacting the game‘s future? Introducing an in-depth series where we tackle those questions, starting at high schools and continuing into college and the NFL

Fighting for Themselves, Fighting for the Game

The season is near, but don't lose perspective on the importance of the players’ battle in the concussion lawsuit. And meet Kevin Turner, one of its foremost faces

Concussion Settlement: The Debate Resets

With the $765 million settlement of the concussion lawsuit, the issue of head trauma in football now becomes a matter of changing the culture of the game

Stop Talking and Use Your Head

Wrong spokesman, wrong tone, wrong topic—Mike Brown's concussion comments did nothing to help a touchy issue