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Concussions: A Game Changer

To learn more about the potential danger to the millions of boys and young men playing football — including the thousands in this football-crazy state — The World-Herald explored the latest science on football and concussions.

15 items in this series

Sept. 28, 2013

Staying in the game: Three concussions later, high school football player won't stop

Under the glare of Friday night lights, Lyn and Neil Wineman of Lincoln sit atop metal bleachers as their son roams the field, absorbing and delivering the bone-jarring hits that are the very substance of football. But the Winemans' anxiety level might well be heightened compared with that of most parents. Because in years past, Scott Wineman has suffered at least three concussions.

Sept. 28, 2013

Is there a link between football and CTE?

Despite changes to the game ushered in by research, it's surprising how little has actually been proven when it comes to football, concussions and long-term brain damage.

Sept. 29, 2013

Frequently asked questions about concussions

Oct. 27, 2013

Concussion concerns spark revolution in sideline care

Weeks after Eric Diaz was clobbered, he shook the headaches and dizziness. In the past, that likely would have been enough to get the Burke High sophomore back on the field. But not anymore.

Oct. 28, 2013

If concussions aren't healed, new blow can be crippling

Second-impact syndrome is the kind of injury that makes heightened focus on concussion prevention and treatment long overdue.

Oct. 29, 2013

As with sports, easing back into classwork after a concussion is vital

A return-to-learn plan being drafted for athletes complements Nebraska's return-to-play procedure.

Oct. 31, 2013

UNL expert says more data needed on concussions

It remains unknown how common the concussions are, how long athletes suffering concussions should stay off the field, or what the long-term consequences of the injuries are, said Dennis Molfese, director of the new UNL Center of Brain Biology and Behavior.

Oct. 31, 2013

Video: Trainer talks about dealing with concussions

At Lincoln Southwest High School, head athletic trainer Crystal Kjar became interested in the return-to-learn program a year ago and worked with administrators to set up a concussion management team in the school.

Dec. 29, 2013

NU's sports, science collaboration could result in sideline concussion test

The CB3, as it's known on campus, represents a high-tech school of hard knocks, just a short jog from NU's football and athletic training facilities. It's believed no other institution in the country so closely integrates a college athletic program with a major brain research facility.

Dec. 29, 2013

A new UNL study on CTE hopes to find safety in numbers

UNL concussion researcher Dennis Molfese said he hopes to launch a study soon of the true prevalence of CTE among former football players. As subjects for the study, Molfese intends to draw willing participants from more than 2,000 former Cornhusker athletes.

Dec. 30, 2013

Advocates say culture change needed among players and fans

The new culture of football emphasizes tackling with good technique rather than trying to "blow up" an opponent. And it attempts to reset fans' expectations, seeking to balance their love of the highlight reel hit with more empathy for the health of the millions of boys and young men who play the game.

Dec. 30, 2013

Full contact takes some hits

More and more high school associations, including Nebraska’s, are expected to follow the lead of Texas, Michigan and Arizona in imposing limits on contact in practice. The move is also filtering down to the youth level, where some have suggested an even more drastic measure: banning tackle football for youths under age 14.

Dec. 30, 2013

Parents and players still have much to learn on concussions

In a recent survey, 44 percent of coaches said they've had players resist coming out of a game after a suspected concussion, and 13 percent of coaches said parents had tried to stop them from holding out a concussed child.

Dec. 31, 2013

Pioneering advances come into play in efforts to tackle football's concussion crisis

Football's concussion crisis has scientists, inventors and sporting goods manufacturers scrambling to find ways to improve helmets and other protective equipment.

Dec. 31, 2013

Hit count would sideline football player who reached limit on head impacts

Much like pitch counts used by some youth baseball leagues, youth football players could be regulated in the number of head impacts they receive.