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1. Concussion concerns weigh on parents of football players

By: Jim Hand, via The Sun Chronicle | September 24, 2017

This focuses on one person who suffered multiple concussions while playing sports and was afraid to continue to play sports for fear of getting hurt again. However, the state has made strides to limit contact in practice — especially for those who play football — and requires all players to take a baseline concussion test.

2. Ricardo Allen in concussion protocol after big hit

By: D. Orlando Ledbetter, via | September 24, 2017

Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen had to leave the team’s game against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 24 after making a bit hit and suffering a head injury. He was placed in the league’s concussion protocol and is questionable for the team’s next game while he recovers.

3. Rams’ Sammy Watkins Evaluated for a Concussion

By: Jeremy Woo, via Sports Illustrated | September 22, 2017

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins left his team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers early after getting hit in the head while reaching into the end zone for a touchdown. He and fellow Rams receiver Tavon Austin were both evaluated for a concussion as dozens in the league continue to suffer from the injury each week.

4. Aaron Hernandez had severe case of CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

By: Jimmy Golen, via Associated Press | September 21, 2017

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who had been serving a life sentence for murder before he committed suicide earlier this year, was found to have stage 3 (of 4) CTE. Reports are saying this was the most severe case of CTE that’s ever been recorded for someone of Hernandez’s age, who was just 27 when he died.

5. Concussion sets brain connections in a spin

By: Andrew Masterson, via Cosmos | September 20, 2017

A small study carried out in Canada compared the brains of those who had suffered a concussion with a control group and found that long-term effects can exist in the brain even after just one head injury. It looked at DMN — default motion network — which is associated with daydreaming, and found increased activity in that area for people who’d had a concussion.

6. Girl soccer players take more chances after concussions

By: Robert Preidt, via U.S. World News and Report | September 19, 2017

A study looked at 87 youth soccer players in Texas who had suffered a concussion and found that girls who play the sport were more likely to take chances after a concussion than boys. More than half the girls returned to play the same day as the concussion while only 17 percent of boys returned the same day.

7. How much brain damage is acceptable? None, says the smartest player in the NFL

By: Steven Salzberg, via Forbes | September 18, 2017

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel decided enough was enough after seeing the JAMA study that found CTE in 110 of 111 former football players’ brains, deciding to retire from the NFL. Urschel, who is also pursuing a Ph.D in math at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has something to fall back on, but many current NFL players see football as their main opportunity for income.

8. Concussion experts push more education, awareness

By: Nicole Leonard, via Press of Atlantic City | September 17, 2017

Local concussion experts are trying to raise awareness for concussions and how they can occur in more than just sports. They stressed the importance of educating people on “second impact syndrome,” which is how the next hit to the head after a concussion can be exponentially more dangerous than the initial injury.

9. Broncos WR Bennie Fowler struggles to leave field after landing on his head

Via YouTube | September 17, 2017

The Sept. 17 game between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys had a really scary moment after Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler hit his head after a catch, then struggled twice to jog off the field. He received medical attention and didn’t return to the game.

10. National Concussion Awareness Day 2017

By: Amy Zellmer, via HuffPost | September 14, 2017

Sept. 15 is National Concussion Awareness Day this year, which aims to bring national attention to the seriousness of concussions and brain injuries. Brooke Mills coined the official day after suffering a concussion her freshman year of high school, according to the article. The day encourages people to share their own story about concussions.

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