Concussions

Talking Football
NFL Safety is in Her Hands
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Muscle and Medicine
New Allies in the Concussion Battle
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
By Emily Kaplan
Talking Football
The Man in Charge of the Future of Football
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
By Jenny Vrentas
Muscle and Medicine
Helmetless Football? It’s the New Practice at New Hampshire
Helmetless Football? It’s the New Practice at New Hampshire
At the school where Chip Kelly honed his style, the latest innovation—practicing without helmets—is meant to ingrain safer tackling techniques into a new generation of players
By Jenny Vrentas
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