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 •  April 19

SAN ANTONIO -- The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67. The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details. "We mourn the loss of Erin," Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support...

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 •  January 18

Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research. The findings could lead to early detection and improved treatment and prevention of CTE, the researchers suggest. More than 100 National Football League players have been posthumously identified as...

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 •  September 26, 2017

Participating in organized sports can bring plenty of health benefits for children and teens, but it also comes with certain risks, including the spread of infectious diseases. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new guidelines on on the risk factors to look out for, as well as tips to help prevent these infections and advice...

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 •  June 30, 2017

Two new studies offer good news for any high school athlete who's suffered a concussion: For most athletes, mental or physical effects may resolve themselves over the long term. One study involving more than 260 high school athletes who'd suffered a concussion found they had no bigger risk for depression within about two years after the injury,...

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 •  June 22, 2017

The football world has been searching for an answer to the concussions crisis for years. The sport has tried everything from new rules, to new high-tech helmets, with varying degrees of success in the reduction of the frequency and severity of head injuries players suffer. While reducing concussions is the main goal, better diagnosing and treating...

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 •  May 25, 2017

On the University of North Carolina's second-seeded baseball team, there are right-handed pitchers and left-handed pitchers. There are first basemen and shortstops, outfielders and infielders. And now, there's a service dog on the roster as well. That's right: The UNC baseball team just became the first NCAA team in the Atlantic Coast Conference —...

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 •  April 12, 2017

Some parents won’t let their kids play sports due to concussion risks. A new survey found that parents are also limiting their children only to certain sports because of head injury concerns. When more than 1,000 parents were asked if they’d let their kids play sports given the risk of concussions, 16 percent said no to all sports, a new Harris...

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 •  March 29, 2016

Strong safety David Bruton of the Denver Broncos lies on the ground in pain after a play that would force him out of the game with a reported concussion during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 28, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. NEW YORK-- The NFL has demanded The New York Times retract astory that...

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 •  February 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- Five days ahead of Super Bowl 50, the NFL is studying how to deal with an alarming increase in concussions. The increase is from 115 concussions during the 2014 season to 182 in 2015. That's a 58 percent increase, and it came after the league cracked down on dangerous helmet-to-helmet hits. After former New York giant Tyler Sash...

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 •  December 31, 2015

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A new strategy to prevent concussions on the football field that seems counterintuitive may actually work, a new study suggests.
Instead of shielding the head with increasing layers of padding, researchers think they can reduce head impacts by having players temporarily practice without helmets. That approach seems to encourage...