San Jose Earthquakes Keeper David Bingham Walks Off A Blow To The Head

San Jose Earthquakes' goalkeeper David Bingham looked to suffer a pretty serious head injury in Saturday's game against the New England Revolution. Trying to defend a low cross, Bingham lunged toward the top of the penalty box, where his head was hit directly by the upper body of an offensive player a teammate. » 3/29/15 10:30am 3/29/15 10:30am

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 3/25/15 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

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

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

Report: Almost All Ex-Players Will Take NFL's Concussion Settlement

ESPN's Outside The Lines reports today that lawyers involved in the concussion case expect "no more than a few hundred" of the approximately 18,000 former NFL players involved to opt out of the settlement. Just nine players have filed paperwork to opt out so far, OTL reports, and the deadline is Tuesday. » 10/13/14 4:43pm 10/13/14 4:43pm