After 11 seasons in the NFL, Kermit Alexander returned to his hometown. That’s where he first ran into a talented but troubled football player who would murder four members of Alexander’s family. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Alexander to learn how he led himself back from tragedy.
Former San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland was only 24 years old when he announced he was leaving the game. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Borland to talk about how much his life has changed since he became a voice for those who feel that playing football isn’t worth the long-term risks of multiple concussions.
This week, fans learned the details of the NHL’s plans to protect players who might have been concussed during games. But Len Boogaard, father of the late Derek Boogaard, thinks the effort is not enough. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
In “Concussion,” scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered CTE. A neurodegenerative disease, CTE is believed to cause depression and mood swing and has been detected in the brains of former NFL players.
On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct the class of 2015. Bill Littlefield is focusing on one particular inductee: Junior Seau, who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy and took his own life in 2012.
Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, president of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was recently appointed the National Football League’s chief medical adviser. Bill Littlefield looks at the implications of the move.
A federal judge has approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit against the NFL over compensating former players who suffered concussions and other injuries. The deal could cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years. Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann explains how it will work.
Bill Littlefield tries to make sense of conflicting information on keeping athletes safe from concussions.
A new Florida law requires girls’ lacrosse players to wear protective head gear. Concussion expert Dr. Michael O’Brien says helmets won’t reduce concussions — and might have negative effects. O’Brien joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
Between 20 and 30 high school athletes die while playing sports in the U.S each year, estimates researcher Doug Casa. Casa joins Bill Littlefield to explain recommendations made by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to prevent deaths and catastrophic injuries.