Michigan Center Jack Miller Quits Due To Concussion Concerns

Jack Miller was the starting center for all of Michigan's football games last season, and won a team award for being the squad's best lineman. Today, he told ESPN.com that he will not be returning for his senior season, in large part because he no longer wants to deal with the risk of getting concussed. » 3/25/15 5:15pm Wednesday 5:15pm

Retiring From NFL To Juggle Grenades Is A Bad Idea, Says Mike Florio

Bright and promising 24-year-old 49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his retirement yesterday, after just one season in the NFL. He wants to preserve his neurological and cognitive functioning, and figures a decade of smashing his head into things isn't the best way to do it. Seems reasonable! Might I… » 3/17/15 11:57am 3/17/15 11:57am

Everyone Wants Chris Borland To Mean Something

The San Francisco 49ers' official statement on Chris Borland's retirement doesn't mention why he's retiring, of course. It has a quote from the general manager on how they respect his decision, and a big fat paragraph on his accomplishments in a successful rookie season, but nothing stands out quite like the big,… » 3/17/15 10:56am 3/17/15 10:56am

Promising NFL Rookie Retires Because Of Concerns Over Head Trauma

Despite being a rookie drafted in the third round, linebacker Chris Borland was an important part of the 49ers defense last season, even starting eight games. With Patrick Willis retiring and Justin Smith reportedly considering the same, the 49ers will rely on Borland even more heavily this season. Or, were going… » 3/16/15 10:43pm 3/16/15 10:43pm

What Happens To Enforcers When Hockey Uses Them Up?

More winter Friday nights than not through my first few years of high school, I was in my usual seat at the local arena, three or four rows up behind the home team's bench. On the ice, the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, a group of—boys, really, aged 16 to 20. A handful of them would go on to be drafted by NHL… » 3/16/15 3:00pm 3/16/15 3:00pm

NYCFC Keeper Josh Saunders Smokes Head Against Goal Post

New York City FC's goalkeeper Josh Saunders suffered this ugly head injury in today's season opener against Orlando City. While corralling a free kick, an opposing player runs into him, carrying him back towards goal where he drills the back of his head into the post. Here's a GIF of the blow: » 3/08/15 5:45pm 3/08/15 5:45pm

Just Stay Down, Man

Humberto Savigne's 420 career fights might have taught him a lesson about staying down after catching a knockout punch. That, or, his 420 career fights (most of which took place over Savigne's amateur years in Cuba) left him unable to know better. Either way... this is ugly. (Savigne's opponent Craig Baker improved… » 2/20/15 11:17pm 2/20/15 11:17pm

MMA Fighter Suffers Seizure After Getting Viciously Knocked Out

At an Oplot fight card held in (we believe) Russia earlier today, a fighter went into a seizure after being knocked out with a kick to the head. The footage, as seen above—it starts at about the 56:30 mark—is difficult to watch, not least because of a seemingly confused response from the referee, who immediately… » 2/14/15 8:09pm 2/14/15 8:09pm

Tony Dorsett On CTE: I Didn't Know "The End Was Going To Be Like This"

In 2013, NFL hall of famer Tony Dorsett was among the first few living football players to be diagnosed with signs of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that manifests as dementia and depression. It's gotten worse—by definition, it'll get worse until he dies—and in a radio interview, the… » 2/09/15 3:50pm 2/09/15 3:50pm

Celebrated MMA Ref Herb Dean Under Fire For Slow Call On Guillotine

Herb Dean is recognized as one of the best referees working in MMA today, but critics and fans are attacking the cage arbiter after an incident tonight at the Bellator event in Temecula, Calif. where he allowed Bubba Jenkins to be held in a guillotine choke for at least seven seconds after the former NCAA wrestling… » 1/16/15 10:30pm 1/16/15 10:30pm

Jimmy Clausen Diagnosed With Concussion After Taking Brutal Shot To Head

Late in yesterday's loss to the Detroit Lions, Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen nearly got his damn head taken off by Ziggy Ansah at the end of a short scramble. Clausen stayed in to finish the drive, the Bears' last of the game, and now it's being reported that he experienced "delayed symptoms" of a concussion after… » 12/22/14 3:05pm 12/22/14 3:05pm

Columbia Footballers: Coach Forced Us To Play Through Concussions

According to the Columbia Spectator, 25 members of the Columbia football team have sent a letter to the university president calling for the dismissal of their head coach, Pete Mangurian. Among other things, the letter accuses Mangurian of forcing concussed players to continue practicing and playing. » 12/04/14 1:39pm 12/04/14 1:39pm

Report: Deceased Ohio State Football Player's Brain Will Be Examined

According to the Franklin County (Ohio) coroner, a neuropathologist will examine the brain of deceased Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge "for signs of traumatic brain injury," ESPN reports. Dr. Anahi Ortiz told ESPN that brain examinations aren't typically done in autopsies, but is in this case because of… » 12/01/14 11:00pm 12/01/14 11:00pm

We're One Step Closer To A Concussion Brain Damage Blood Test

A group of researchers at Penn has evidence that a protein found in the blood, calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment (SNTF), can predict if a person who's suffered a potential traumatic brain injury will suffer concussion symptoms. Which is to say, this could be useful for athletes who would like to know if… » 12/01/14 12:04pm 12/01/14 12:04pm