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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, on Dec. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lamar Jackson is the NFL’s MVP. He’s also the NFL’s most valuable negotiator.

Despite being without a long-term contract extension and representation, Lamar Jackson was able to advocate and negotiate the most lucrative contract in the history of the NFL. Here’s how.
In addition to a player’s ability to throw it, a number of factors will influence a ball’s flight, including its size, inflation pressure and texture. (Shutterstock)

Higher, faster: what influences the aerodynamics of a football?

A football’s dimensions, pressure and texture affect its aerodynamics, i.e. the forces exerted by the air on the ball as it flies.
Youth flag football players run drills with their coach before a game in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 8, 2023. Megan Jelinger/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Could flag football one day leapfrog tackle football in popularity?

The NFL’s embrace of the sport points to a promising future. But gender and political divides could stand in the way.
De Montfort University students volunteering at Leicester Nirvana Football Club to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Mark Charlton

Eight things grassroots football clubs can do to reach net zero

By inspiring collective action, amateur football clubs can drive positive behaviour change and embed sustainability tactics in grassroots sport.
Exploring the interaction between the heart and the brain, known as the heart-brain axis, has shown how heart function changes due to a concussion. (Shutterstock)

Repeated concussions can alter heart activity and impact the ‘heart-brain’ axis

Concussion doesn’t just affect the brain, but the whole body. The interaction of the ‘heart-brain axis’ means that as the brain works to heal its injury, it puts extra stress on the heart.

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