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Mario Fenech comments and new movie Concussion put spotlight on sports injuries

Head injuries sustained in sporting contests are in the spotlight. The issue roared back into the news when the fondly regarded former rugby league champion, Mario Fenech, once captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, put the issue of brain damage front and centre when he admitted he

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BMX star Dave Mirra committed suicide; CTE a factor?

BMX legend Dave Mirra struggled with depression before he committed suicide Thursday, leading one government official to ask whether the repeated trauma Mirra suffered as an action sports athlete contributed to his death at age 41. Greenville (N.C.) Police Chief Mark Holtzman told reporters at a news

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Why the NFL doesn’t want you to see “Concussion”

In the new movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith, the NFL is put under a microscope. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who linked football to the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. “We see this in individuals who have had repetitive head

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Biomedicine Are Young Athletes Risking Brain Damage?

In the new movie Concussion, Will Smith plays a neuropathologist who performed a game-changing autopsy on former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002. After a career in which Webster earned four Super Bowl rings and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he suffered

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Frank Gifford was Suffering Concussion-Related Brain Injury CTE at Time of Death

Former NFL player and sports commentator Frank Gifford was suffering from a traumatic brain injury at the time of his death, his family has revealed. Gifford’s family chose to have the former New York Giants star’s brain studied by pathologists, who determined that Gifford had Chronic Traumatic

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87 of 91 tested ex-NFL players had brain disease linked to head trauma

(CNN) Eighty-seven of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science after death tested positive for a brain disease that is believed to be linked with repeated head trauma and concussions, researchers said. The former players were found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known

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NFL concussions: 96% of former NFL players tested had CTE brain disease – TomoNews

BOSTON — A study by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found that 87 out of 91 former NFL players tested, suffered from a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a brain disease that researchers believe to be caused by repetitive head trauma.

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87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury. Researchers with

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Head on: Concussion and Rugby League

With every sports-related brain injury that hits the headlines, demand for greater research intensifies, with some experts calling for far stricter controls for players under the age of 14. Spirits were high in the NSW town of Bathurst as old foes Dubbo Senior College and Orange High

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England stars blocked RFU concussion gene-testing plan for all professional players due to ‘Big Brother’ privacy fears.

England’s top rugby stars have blocked a move to introduce genetic testing of all professional players over fears of a Big Brother-style invasion of privacy. The Mail on Sunday have learned that senior figures from within the RFU proposed a ground-breaking research programme two years ago into

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