Concussions

Saying it wants to make football safer for current and future athletes, the NFL is pledging to spend $100 million for "independent medical research and engineering advancements." A main goal will be to prevent and treat head injuries.

Announcing the pledge Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it is in addition to the $100 million the league already committed toward medical research of brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive degenerative disease that has been found in football players.

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New protocols for athletic coaches and referees regarding concussions is likely headed for final passage in the Kentucky legislature. The Senate Education Committee gave unanimous support to the House bill Tuesday. 

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A new bill in the Kentucky General Assembly would allow referees to pull a student athlete out of a competition if they suspect that a player has a concussion and wasn’t given a medical evaluation.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of reports from the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and other professional sports organizations about the tragic consequences that can come from a lifetime of hard hits and the effects of the concussions that come with them. There’s been speculation that several high-profile athlete suicides were related to what health professionals call Post- Concussion syndrome. Now, there’s growing concern that the hits young athletes suffer in high-school and college sports could have the same effects later in life. Dr.