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.
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.
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.
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.