How Serious Is Tony Parker's Back Injury?

Tonight, Tony Parker will likely miss his third straight game with a back injury, and more than a few assume that Parker's "injury" is really just a cover for Gregg Popovich to rest his star before the playoffs. The injury, tweeted April 7th from the Spurs' official account as "a sprained facet joint, left side," sounds… » 4/11/14 1:16pm 4/11/14 1:16pm

No, Fast Tempo Isn't Endangering College Football Players

The concerns over head trauma have been splashed across the front pages of newspapers and magazines for the past five years, and have led to a host of rule changes in college football. But one proposal for a new change—called the Tempo Rule—has caught the public's attention for, well, not making very much sense. » 2/21/14 3:37pm 2/21/14 3:37pm

​Mark Cuban Is Fighting To Make HGH Legal In The NBA

Mark Cuban is an ideas man, and he's got a hell of an idea. In late November, Cuban announced that he had asked the NBA Board of Governors to consider letting injured players use synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) while rehabbing and that he was willing to fund the necessary clinical studies to ensure player safety… » 2/12/14 4:00pm 2/12/14 4:00pm

How The Super Bowl Can Kill You

Do you care about the Super Bowl? I mean do you really care who wins or are you just watching for the commercials? If you are invested in the game, there are a few things you should know. The first is this: if your team loses, it could be bad for your health. Spectacularly bad. So bad that clinical investigators now… » 1/31/14 12:08pm 1/31/14 12:08pm

Do You Drink Too Much? Here's How You Can Tell

Now that the holidays are over, a bit of reflection is in order. The days were short, the nights long, and the awkward, forced social interactions all too frequent. Many of us breezed through uncomfortable office holiday parties or family dinners with the aid of alcohol; some drank too much, others drank way too much. » 1/06/14 2:18pm 1/06/14 2:18pm

The Science Of Hangovers: Causes, Cures, And Prevention

There's a good chance you're going to have a couple too many drinks tonight. And that means you're going to spend tomorrow, National Hangover Day, in bed, miserable, praying to a god who won't answer for a death that won't come. Here's Dr. Matt McCarthy on the science of hangovers, and with a few tips to prevent them. … » 12/31/13 3:04pm 12/31/13 3:04pm

How A Boxer Could Use PEDs Right In The Middle Of A Fight

When someone mentions performance-enhancing drugs, what comes to mind? For me, it's an image of two 'roided out home run hitters embracing on a baseball field. But as Adrien Broner might have discovered on Saturday night, the world of PEDs—which we traditionally associate with anabolic steroids and human growth… » 12/19/13 4:25pm 12/19/13 4:25pm

Is Kobe Blood Doping? What Those Trips To Germany Are Really About

Kobe Bryant is just back from a ruptured Achilles tendon, but that doesn't mean the rest of him is magically fixed. He's still got to deal with all the damage that 18 years of professional basketball inflicts on the human body. In recent years, that's meant a trip to Germany and a promising, somewhat obscure new… » 12/10/13 1:41pm 12/10/13 1:41pm

Did The NCAA Screw Up Another Player Health Decision?

As a near universal rule, the NCAA makes bad decisions. So when I heard that the NCAA had recently made a controversial decision pertaining to student-athlete health, a decision that incited the ire of the American Society of Hematology, I reflexively assumed the NCAA had once again screwed up. Now I'm not so sure. » 12/05/13 11:03am 12/05/13 11:03am

The Science Of Hangovers: Causes, Cures, And Prevention

This is one of the first rivalry weekends of the college football season, and I'll be spending it in New Haven, Connecticut, for what is perhaps the nadir of intercollegiate gridiron competition: the Harvard/Yale game. Inside the stadium, the future business leaders of America will strap on the pads and play what is… » 11/22/13 5:01pm 11/22/13 5:01pm

Is The New CTE Test For Football Players A Good One?

November 6th was a landmark day in the NFL's ongoing head trauma debacle. We learned that Tony Dorsett, the 59-year-old Hall of Fame running back who'd recently been battling depression and memory problems, had been diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Not long after the story broke, … » 11/14/13 3:40pm 11/14/13 3:40pm

Can Science Predict An Injury-Prone Future Draft Pick?

Andrew Wiggins will play in his first collegiate game for Kansas tonight. Odds are he'll be the first pick in next year's NBA draft as well. But for all the poking and prodding that a high draft pick undergoes, can science go even further and predict who the most durable—and most "injury-prone"—athletes are? Should it? » 11/08/13 12:50pm 11/08/13 12:50pm

So You Got A Deadly Infection From Playing In The NFL? Prove It.

Of all the storylines you expected to be a part of the first half of the NFL season, a workman's comp issue involving a toenail probably wasn't one of them. But it is, and it's actually intriguing in a number of ways, large and small. » 11/06/13 1:31pm 11/06/13 1:31pm

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

The New York City marathon is today! Most people take training for a marathon seriously, because it's a huge day that they work toward all year, and also because it's based on a guy literally dying from running too fast and far. Other people don't. Here's Dr. Matt McCarthy on the very bad stuff that happens to the… » 11/03/13 10:54am 11/03/13 10:54am

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

Pamela Anderson running on a beach is one of those indelible images in American pop culture. And so there were a lot of yuks when she announced earlier this fall that she'd be running in the New York City Marathon, which takes place this Sunday. Pam Anderson running—for 26.2 miles! Except, when she went on Ellen and… » 10/31/13 4:02pm 10/31/13 4:02pm

How An Achilles Tear Affects NBA Players (Or, Why Kobe Is Screwed)

The Lakers season begins tonight with their home opener against the Clippers, but Kobe Bryant won't be playing. Bryant tore his Achilles tendon on April 12, and while he's still "ahead of schedule" in his six-to-nine-month recovery, he still hasn't begun running. He will miss at least the first several weeks of the… » 10/29/13 9:02am 10/29/13 9:02am

What Happens When A Boxer Is Beaten To Death, And How We Can Stop it

After Jermichael Finley's recent spinal cord injury, a sportswriting friend of mine shook his head and referred to football as “America's sickness.” As severe as it was, though, Finley's injury wasn't nearly the worst a professional athlete suffered last weekend. On Saturday night, 26-year-old junior featherweight… » 10/24/13 2:31pm 10/24/13 2:31pm

It's Too Soon To Say That Jermichael Finley Is "Going To Be Fine"

For the second time in the past month, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has sustained a serious head injury while playing football. And while he appears to be recovering movement following a temporary paralysis immediately after the injury, it's a stark reminder that the effects of head trauma in football… » 10/21/13 5:35pm 10/21/13 5:35pm