February 2, 2018

Poll: Half of parents would discourage kids from football

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that nearly half of parents would discourage their kids from playing football due to concussion concerns. The same poll was conducted in 2014, when 37% of parents said they would steer their kids away ...

November 21, 2017

Survey: 36 percent of parents would let 10-year-old play football

A survey recently conducted by found that just 36 percent of parents would let their 10-year-old play tackle football. The survey was part of NBC's Changing the Game TODAY series, which takes a look at the state of youth sports. The firs...

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October 23, 2017

Researchers say concussion laws are making a difference

A new analysis published by the American Journal of Public Health has found that laws and other preventative measures used in the fight against concussions are making a difference. [caption id="attachment_14540" align="alignright" width="252"] P...

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October 20, 2017

Massachusetts lawmakers reviewing concussion proposals

Massachusetts' Joint Committee on Public Health began hearing testimony this week on a number of proposals that would address concussions in high school and youth sports. Six different bills have been put forward by state lawmakers. One would cre...

June 26, 2017

Warren Sapp: Eliminate tackling in youth football leagues

NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp says changes must be made to improve the long-term health of football players, and that starts by eliminating tackling in all youth leagues. [caption id="attachment_24204" align="alignright" width="271"] NFL Hall of F...

May 23, 2017

Penn launches five-year study on sports-related concussions

The University of Pennsylvania is teaming up with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on a five-year study to improve the diagnosis of sports-related concussions. The study will be funded by a $4.5 million grant from the National Instit...

February 23, 2017

Between the Lines: Use caution with concussion statistics

Concussions remain the most important health issue in sports, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Not until we discover more effective and reliable methods for preventing, managing and recovering from traumatic brain injuries. The atten...

February 21, 2017

Maryland concussion bill seeks suspensions for coaches

A proposal in Maryland seeks mandatory suspensions for high school coaches who knowingly put a concussed athlete back into a game. State law already requires a doctor's clearance before athletes return to action following a head injury, and the l...