In Season 1 we dive into the issue of concussions and CTE — brain trauma — in the sport of football. We share personal stories from those who have been directly touched by football’s brain injury crisis, and we take a look at efforts being made to make the sport safer. Are the benefits of the sport worth the risk of long-term health problems? You decide.
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Ep. 9: Why we play
With everything we know about the long-term risks of tackle football, why are we still playing the sport? Maybe because for some people, it remains the best option. MORE
Ep. 8: ‘I wouldn’t put a helmet like that on my dog’
Bill Simpson wanted to take his auto racing knowledge and use it to build a better football helmet. Little did he know that would be the easy part. MORE
Bonus: Football, genetics and CTE
What do we know about genetic predispositions to CTE? It turns out it’s not a clear-cut as you might think. MORE
Ep. 7: ‘I’m gonna take on the National Football League’
In an effort to defend his friend Dr. Bennet Omalu and protect former NFL players, lawyer Jason Luckasevic launched legal action that would ultimately become a billion-dollar settlement. MORE
Bonus: What do we know about CBD?
Ep. 6: ‘Cannabis saved my life’
Ex-NFL lineman Kyle Turley says cannabis helped him overcome suicidal thoughts and an addiction to painkillers. MORE
Bonus: What is the prevalence of CTE?
Drs. Zach Binney and Kathleen Bachynski used math to show that a famous-but-flawed study yielded practical results. MORE
Ep. 5: ‘The definition of toughness’
A life-threatening injury caused Kevin Saum to re-evaluate his feelings for football and seek new ways to define toughness. MORE
Bonus: A historical look at brain injuries, CTE and the NFL
An expert debunks myths surrounding brain injuries in football. MORE
Ep. 4: ‘It’s too late for my son’
After losing her son, Debbie Pyka spreads awareness of the dangers of football and the need for brain donations to further research. MORE
Bonus: Bleacher Report’s Mirin Fader and the tragic story of James Ransom
Three years ago, James Ransom suffered a concussion playing tackle football. A little over a year later, he committed suicide. MORE
Ep. 3: ‘There’s something wrong with Junior’
Hear the tragic story of Junior Seau, told through the eyes of someone who knew him best — his sister Mary. MORE
Bonus: ESPN’s Tim Keown and the ‘Fearless Bailey Foley’
Reporter discusses his story of a frightening injury that caused a whole community to reconsider the dangers of football. MORE
Ep. 2: ‘Civil rights on behalf of kids’
After her son died at age 25 and was found to have brain damage, Kimberly Archie knew she had to do more to help protect young athletes. MORE
Bonus: What is CTE?
We take a look at CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy. MORE
Ep. 1: ‘It’s not a success story’
Grant Feasel was all set to pursue a career as a dentist, but everything changed when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 1983 draft. MORE