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In Depth
March 28th, 2015

Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths

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.

In The News
March 28th, 2015

NFL Gives Concussion Spotters More Power With ‘Julian Edelman’ Rule

Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht knows all about concussions, suffering at least five of them during his playing days. He joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the newest NFL effort to promote player safety.

Interview
March 21st, 2015

NFL Wives Call For More Help For Older Retirees

The wives of 26 NFL Hall of Famers sent a letter to the league and its players’ association stating that both organizations have neglected the needs of players whose careers ended in 1993 or earlier. Gerri DeLamielleure, whose husband Joe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, joins Bill Littlefield.

Interview
March 21st, 2015

NFL Running Back Andre Williams On Chris Borland’s Retirement

Citing health risks, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland retired on Monday after just one season in the NFL. New York Giants running back Andre Williams was also a rookie this past season and he joined Bill Littlefield to share his thoughts on Borland’s decision.

Commentary
December 31st, 2014

Military Rehab Program Welcomes NFL Retirees

After the Impact pairs former NFL players with combat veterans in therapeutic activities. According to Devin Hutchings, the program’s director, the vets and former players “create a brotherhood” based on their mutual respect as well as the similar challenges they face.

In The News
December 6th, 2014

Controversial Science: Football Helmets And Concussions

Concern over concussions suffered by football players has led to the development of new helmets which, according to some researchers, can diminish the dangers. Reporter Patrick Hruby tells Bill Littlefield why those researchers may be wrong.

In Depth
October 18th, 2014

Rule 7.13: Baseball’s Crash Course On Eliminating Home-Plate Collisions

This season Major League Baseball took a crash course in how to eliminate collisions at home plate. In its first year, Rule 7.13 has been celebrated and criticized, but a much bigger injury risk is still in play for catchers. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

Featured Book
October 4th, 2014

‘Boy On Ice’ Details Troubled Life Of NHL Enforcer Boogaard

John Branch’s new book “Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard” profiles the career of a pro hockey “enforcer.” Branch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book and the culture surrounding concussions in the NHL.

Only A Blog
October 1st, 2014
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Following Mishandling Of Head Injury, Michigan Students Call For AD’s Ouster

Michigan students rallied on the steps of the university president’s residence Tuesday night, calling for the removal of the school’s athletic director and head football coach. At issue is the school’s handling of a head injury suffered by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris during Saturday’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota.

Commentary
August 27th, 2014

Retirement Should Be ‘Brought Up’ After Welker’s Latest Concussion

How many concussions is too many? Bill Littlefield hopes that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is asking himself that question.

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