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October 26th, 2013

U.S. Olympic Hockey Hopeful Tries To Leave Concussions In The Past

Josephine Pucci’s third concussion was so bad that the Harvard senior had to not only leave the ice, but also had to withdraw from college. But Pucci is playing hockey again and has a shot at going to the 2014 Olympics. Bill Littlefield reports.

In Depth
October 12th, 2013

Weighing In On ‘League Of Denial’

After weeks of anticipation, the Frontline documentary “League of Denial” aired Tuesday. The movie–and its accompanying book–sharply criticize the NFL’s handling of the concussion crisis. But will anything change? Bill Littlefield weighs in.

August 31st, 2013

Bubby Brister: 20 Concussions, Zero Regrets

Former NFL quarterback Walter “Bubby” Brister shares his thoughts on the NFL’s recent $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players. Brister, one of the plaintiffs, estimates he suffered more than 20 concussions during his career, but he tells Bill Littlefield he has no regrets.

In The News
August 31st, 2013

Analyzing The NFL’s $765-Million Settlement

The NFL settled its lawsuit with more than 4,500 former players for $765 million on Thursday. To analyze the pros and cons of the deal, Bill Littlefield spoke with Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann.

August 28th, 2013

ESPN And Frontline Part Ways Over ‘League Of Denial’

ESPN has pulled out of a partnership with the PBS series “Frontline,” ending a collaboration on a documentary about concussions in the NFL. Given ESPN’s ties to the league, the move raised concerns about conflicts of interest in sports reporting, but Bill Littlefield says we should stay focused on the issues on the field.

August 24th, 2013

Dr. Bill Meehan And The Science Of Helmets

Karen Given visits Dr. Bill Meehan, the director of Boston Children’s Sports Concussion Clinic, who explains why helmets cannot prevent concussions. But Meehan says there’s still hope for making contact sports safer.

August 24th, 2013

New Technologies In The Fight Against Concussions

Only A Game’s Karen Given visits three companies that are taking three different approaches to manufacturing football helmets. But each shares the same goal: making football safer.

In The News
August 3rd, 2013
By Mike Foley

Goodell, Meyer Talk Safety With Football Moms

It wasn’t a typical audience for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer when they took the stage at a clinic in Columbus, Ohio this week. They were speaking to moms. Reporter Mike Foley has our story.

In The News
May 18th, 2013

Family Sues NHL After Hockey Player’s Death

This week the family of deceased former NHL player Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the league of over-medicating Boogaard and ignoring the consequences of the concussions that he had suffered. Nathan Fenno has written about the case for the Washington Times and spoke with Bill Littlefield about it.

In Depth
February 2nd, 2013

Harvard Receives $100 Million From NFLPA To Study Injuries

The NFL Players Association has granted Harvard University $100 million to fund a study designed to diagnose, treat and prevent injuries in active and retired players. Bill Littlefield spoke with NFL Hall of Famer Carl Eller and Dr. Laura Alberton of the Retired Players Association about the study.

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