Can Fantasy Football Be for Real?

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“Peyton Manning drops back looking deep down the sideline. He lets it go and gets hit hard by Ray Lewis. Demaryius Thomas jumps for the ball, and Terrell Suggs levels him,” Jim Nance describes to his CBS audience. A play like the one between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens has surely happened at least once in the past 10 seasons, and multiple times by swapping Thomas for Reggie Wayne from Manning’s Indianapolis Colts days. However, I am sure a game 20 years from now with Marshall Manning at the helm will resemble more a game of flag football than anything his father ever played. Continue reading

Sport Concussion: Going from Bad to Worse

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Once looked upon as an underestimated and often ignored injury, sport-related concussion has taken sports media by storm. Reports of athletes suffering from long-term cognitive deficits have now labeled concussion as a public health concern. There has been a noticeable increase in attention in the past decade regarding the prevention and management of sport-related concussions. This is evident through the vast number of scientific investigations published since the year 2000 and the increased effort in developing concussion programs. Continue reading

Football Too Violent For Its Own Good

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Youth football leagues across the country will soon begin to sign players up for their fall leagues. But there is a growing concern, even among star football players, that football is simply too dangerous for our youth.

Former Rams and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner recently said that the prospect of his young sons playing football is a “scary thing.” More recently the father of three-time league MVP quarterback Tom Brady has said that if he knew then what he knows now he might have prevented his son from ever playing football.

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Recent Events Cloud Picture of NFL Concussions

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Since August, 2011 35 lawsuits have been filed against the NFL alleging negligent and intentional behavior that has led to permanent damages to former players.  These lawsuits have been filed on behalf of approximately 700 former players.  Players essentially have accused NFL officials of being aware of the long-term health dangers caused by concussions without taking any steps to warn or to protect players from these injuries.

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It’s Time to KO Concussions

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Editor’s Note.  This is one in a series of articles posted on The Sport Digest blog in recent weeks.  The Digest will continue to publicize this major health issue that affects not only professional athletes such as Dave Duerson but athletes at every level of competition, including those so-called weekend warriors.  In the near future the Digest will run another article discussing the King-Devick test and its usefulness in making initial diagnoses of concussions minutes after the contact event occurs.

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Athletes Say Snowboarding Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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It is a rare occurrence when athletes call a halt to an event on the eve of the competition.  Yet that is exactly what has happened in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 7 when competitors and their coaches met with the skiing world’s governing body prior to the scheduled World Cup snowboard cross event.  This event was set to be held on the proposed course for the 2018 Winter Olympics and came little more than a week before an IOC group of inspectors is due to arrive in South Korea to assess the country’s bid to host the Games.

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