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Concussions’ long-term effects lead to NFL early retirement for some players

At age 24, not even yet in his prime as an NFL player, Chris Borland told his team he was retiring because he was worried about the long-term effects of head trauma.

In the last month, Chris Borland, Jake Locker and Cortland Finnegan all called it quits from their football career because of the long-term implications of concussions. They say the pressure to mask injuries to get back on the field and the accumulation of sub-concussive blows are putting their health at risk.

College students take a deep dive into concussion research, treatment

College students visit sports medicine center to learn about concussions

My Neurological Disorders and Diseases class at Thiel College, located in Greenville, PA, recently visited Akron Children’s Sports Medicine Center to learn about concussions. The information I learned made me rethink back to my days as an athlete and of the possible concussions that went misdiagnosed.

Injuries plagued players in Super Bowl XLIX

Julian Edelman played college football at Kent State. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Patriots in 2009.

This year’s Super Bowl XLIX was an exciting, albeit violent game. New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman played an amazing game, but took a significant blow that’s raising debate on whether or not he suffered a concussion.

Understanding the 5 stages of concussion protocol

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller was placed on the NBA's concussion protocol. He was started having concussion-like symptoms after being unintentionally  struck in the head during a game.

Many people confuse the concussion protocol’s 5 stages with 5 days. And that’s just not the case. It varies by player and the severity of his concussion, as well as the number of concussions he’s experienced. It could take anywhere from a week to a couple of months for an athlete to advance through all 5 stages and get back on the field.

Tragic news of Buckeye’s Karageorge brings about much discussion on concussion aftereffects

Kosta Karageorge was a defensive tackle.

On the heels of the recent tragic news regarding the Buckeye’s Kosta Karageorge, who took his own life over the weekend, I had the chance to visit in studio WAKR morning show host Ray Horner to discuss concussions and their aftereffects.

Preliminary results show positive effects from the ongoing concussion debate

Shane Morris (left) apparently suffered a concussion during a game against Minnesota.  Michigan football's decision to continue playing Morris may lead to a Congressional investigation.

I’d like to think sport officials, physicians and organizations alike have done a good job collectively in heightening awareness around concussions. Even when there are setbacks like in this past weekend’s Michigan game, where a player took a vicious hit and was stumbling around, yet remained in the game for another play or 2.