Leaving It All Out on the Field
In recent years, the Ivy League and Harvard have made preventing and treating head injuries a priority. Many say that the league’s policies, which seek to limit dangerous contact in sports, are ahead of the curve. Players and coaches also praise what they describe as a greater awareness of the risks of concussions in the Harvard athletic community.
But despite these changes, student-athletes still risk an injury that could jeopardize their futures every time they take the field for the Crimson. Because once athletes take the field of play, Harvard can’t stop people from getting hurt. And every year, the concussions keep coming. Read more »
Concussed: Down and Out
By DAVID FREED and KEYON VAFA
Chris Nowinski '00, a Crimson football player and WWE fighter turned safety advocate, is now a public face for the concussion cause. Along with his fellow scientists at the Sports Legacy Institute, Nowinski has succeeded in changing the way the NFL deals with head trauma.
College Football Reflects On Head Trauma
By SAMANTHA LIN
A few months after Penn football star Owen Thomas committed suicide, a brain autopsy revealed that he had developed CTE, a disease which often results from repeated, hard hits to the head. As cases like Thomas' continue to illuminate the long-term effects of concussions and CTE, collegiate football is discussing ways to make the game safer through regulation and education.