In football, “decleating” an opponent – to knock them off their feet — is often cheered just as loud as a touchdown, and can just as quickly energize a team. But a big hit elicits a notably different type of response: not the pure jubilant applause that follows a score, big gain or third-down stop, but a sound that’s an expression of morbid entertainment as it is rooted in cheering — an appreciation of violent athleticism flexed between competitors.
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A single serious knock to the skull could be all it takes to develop the nerve damage thought to be responsible for neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study.
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Experts at Harvard Medical School are reporting that certain playing positions, as well as longer careers, can increase the long-term risk for serious cognitive problems among football players. The study may be the first of its kind to investigate the relationships between career length, position, and cognitive and mental health outcomes in professional football players.
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Concussion risk in high school football is greater for younger players and on practices on turf-based surfaces, according to a study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.
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