Concussions

After Football
Kevin Kolb Battles the Storms, Outside and In
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?
Muscle and Medicine
Trouble in the Trenches
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Muscle and Medicine
Bouncing Ideas Around in the Concussion Think Tank
Bouncing Ideas Around in the Concussion Think Tank
Sports leagues from around the world met at NFL headquarters hoping to standardize head trauma research and brainstorm innovative treatments
By Jenny Vrentas
Business of Football
A Tie’s a Win for the NFL
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
By Andrew Brandt
Muscle and Medicine
New Concussion Settlement a Win-Win
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
By Andy DeGory
Business of Football
Getting Down to Business
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
By Andrew Brandt
Open Field
Where the Game is Headed
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Behind the Face Mask
Life After Concussions
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
Open Field
Lessons of a Football Father
Video: Lessons of a Football Father
Former fullback Fred McCrary on teaching his sons the game he loves and the lessons he’s learned
In This Corner
We Chose This Profession
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
By Richard Sherman