September 19th, 2015

The Price Of Entertainment: A Father’s Criticism Of The NHL

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.

Only A Blog
August 31st, 2015

Watch: Will Smith Takes On NFL In ‘Concussion’

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.

August 6th, 2015

Commentary: Junior Seau And America’s ‘Schizophrenic Relationship’ With Football

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.

May 13th, 2015

As Concussion Crisis Mounts, NFL Turns To … Cardiology Specialist?

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.

In The News
April 25th, 2015

Making Sense Of The NFL’s Concussion Settlement

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.

April 4th, 2015

Commentary: Safety First — More Complicated Than It Sounds

Bill Littlefield tries to make sense of conflicting information on keeping athletes safe from concussions.

In Depth
April 4th, 2015

Expert Says: Helmets Won’t Reduce Concussions In Girls’ Lacrosse

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.

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.

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.

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