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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer (3) is sacked for a seven-yard-loss by Kevin Henry (76) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter of their NFL game on Dec. 26, 1993. (AP Photos/Gary Stewart)

NFL concussion lawsuit payouts reveal how racial bias in science continues

In the NFL, anti-Black racism shows up in the disparities between concussion settlements to injured athletes. The amounts of the payouts are determined using assessments that rely on racist science.
Male pileated woodpecker. FotoRequest/Shutterstock.com

How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
The Sharks’ Ben Barba (centre) was sacked by his club after allegations he assaulted his partner. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence

NRL's culture was once one of hyper-masculinity, but it has failed to change wth societal mores – it now finds itself out of step and in need of reform.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) collide during an NFL divisional playoff football game, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Super Bowl: Why you don’t need an MRI to detect concussion

A standard clinical MRI is not sensitive to the distributed and microscopic injuries in a concussed brain. But new discoveries are in the pipeline.
Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel is tackled by the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Aug. 11, 2018. Manziel was subsequently placed under the CFL concussion protocol. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

How concussion stresses the heart to protect the brain

Recent research shows that the heart is affected when the head takes a blow, in sports-related concussion.

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