Brett Favre Unqualified To Discuss Safety Of Football, Says Sportswriter

Only the parents of boys are welcome in the discussion of whether it's unsafe to let children play football. So says Mike Florio, a collectible commemorative helmet-phone in the employ of NBC Sports, who's mad at Brett Favre for expressing reservations about whether he'd encourage his non-existent son to play the game. » 7/16/14 4:25pm 7/16/14 4:25pm

Concussed Christoph Kramer "Can't Really Remember" World Cup Final

Christopher Kramer wasn't supposed to play in the World Cup final. The young midfielder was told just minutes before kick-off that he'd be replacing the injured Sami Khedira. So you could forgive him if that's why the whole thing seems like a blur to him, but really it's just because of the brain trauma. » 7/14/14 4:18pm 7/14/14 4:18pm

Mario Balotelli Jumps Over A Guy, Knees Him In The Head In The Process

Italy are playing Uruguay today in World Cup Group D's final matchday. The winner of of this game joins Costa Rica (!(?)) in the knockout stages, so as you'd imagine, it's a bit chippy. In the 23rd minute, Balotelli retreated into his own half to win a header, elevated, and jumped right over a Uruguayan player. He … » 6/24/14 12:47pm 6/24/14 12:47pm

FIFPro Calls For Concussion Probe After Alvaro Pereira Gets Knocked Cold

Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira took a knee to the head in yesterday's England match. He was out on the pitch—completely unconscious. Just minutes later, he overruled the team's medical staff and returned to play. Today, world soccer's players' union called for an investigation using some pretty basic logic: maybe the guy… » 6/20/14 10:30am 6/20/14 10:30am

French Rugby Star Returned To Game Minutes After Bloody Head Injury

It turns out the NFL isn't the only sport suffering from questionable concussion protocol. Last night's French rugby bout between Racing Metro and Toulouse featured a player who suffered a head injury, then staggered and eventually collapsed coming off the pitch. A few minutes later, he was back on the field. » 5/10/14 10:45am 5/10/14 10:45am

Why a Head Injury Can Be Far Worse Than You Realize

Each year in the United States, 2.5 million people will visit the ER for traumatic head injury. Of them, 50,000 will die. And those who do recover often exhibit lingering effects. It's a serious public health issue that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about protecting your head. » 4/01/14 2:45pm 4/01/14 2:45pm

After A Career Of Eating Headshots, Gino Odjick Is Not Doing Well

Newspapers in Canada this week have been reporting that Gino Odjick — the former left-winger for the Canucks, Islanders, Flyers and Canadiens — spent the past several days in the psychiatric unit of a hospital in Quebec. He's apparently well enough to retweet well-wishers' regards ("Sending love to The Chief") but… » 12/04/13 11:25pm 12/04/13 11:25pm

Why Wasn't Unconscious Le'Veon Bell Given A Touchdown?

Your first thought is, Oh man, he's dead. His head came off or his brains are scrambled and Heath Miller is trying to cover up the on-field camera because he's dead. And then your second thought is, What do you mean it's not a touchdown? His limp, vacated body totally collapsed across the plane! Football is a strange,… » 11/29/13 10:25am 11/29/13 10:25am

Why Won't The Premier League Protect Its Players From Concussions?

Sports are brutal. Just a few weeks ago, we all watched boxer Francisco Leal get knocked out, never to regain consciousness. People who watch football, hockey or lacrosse see broken bones, ripped ligaments, spinal injuries, and concussions on an almost weekly basis. These are viewed as gladiator sports, in which… » 11/22/13 11:37am 11/22/13 11:37am