Just How Serious Is ​Joel Embiid's Injury?

The Kansas Jayhawks open up the Big 12 Tournament today against Oklahoma State, and they'll be without freshman center Joel Embiid. Embiid, who's spent much of this season somehow keeping pace with comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon, has reportedly been diagnosed with a spinal stress fracture. The implications for NCAA… » 3/13/14 1:24pm 3/13/14 1:24pm

No, Fast Tempo Isn't Endangering College Football Players

The concerns over head trauma have been splashed across the front pages of newspapers and magazines for the past five years, and have led to a host of rule changes in college football. But one proposal for a new change—called the Tempo Rule—has caught the public's attention for, well, not making very much sense. » 2/21/14 3:36pm 2/21/14 3:36pm

​Mark Cuban Is Fighting To Make HGH Legal In The NBA

Mark Cuban is an ideas man, and he's got a hell of an idea. In late November, Cuban announced that he had asked the NBA Board of Governors to consider letting injured players use synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) while rehabbing and that he was willing to fund the necessary clinical studies to ensure player safety… » 2/12/14 4:00pm 2/12/14 4:00pm

How The Super Bowl Can Kill You

Do you care about the Super Bowl? I mean do you really care who wins or are you just watching for the commercials? If you are invested in the game, there are a few things you should know. The first is this: if your team loses, it could be bad for your health. Spectacularly bad. So bad that clinical investigators now… » 1/31/14 12:08am 1/31/14 12:08am

Do You Drink Too Much? Here's How You Can Tell

Now that the holidays are over, a bit of reflection is in order. The days were short, the nights long, and the awkward, forced social interactions all too frequent. Many of us breezed through uncomfortable office holiday parties or family dinners with the aid of alcohol; some drank too much, others drank way too much. » 1/06/14 2:17pm 1/06/14 2:17pm

How A Boxer Could Use PEDs Right In The Middle Of A Fight

When someone mentions performance-enhancing drugs, what comes to mind? For me, it's an image of two 'roided out home run hitters embracing on a baseball field. But as Adrien Broner might have discovered on Saturday night, the world of PEDs—which we traditionally associate with anabolic steroids and human growth… » 12/19/13 4:25pm 12/19/13 4:25pm

Is Kobe Blood Doping? What Those Trips To Germany Are Really About

Kobe Bryant is just back from a ruptured Achilles tendon, but that doesn't mean the rest of him is magically fixed. He's still got to deal with all the damage that 18 years of professional basketball inflicts on the human body. In recent years, that's meant a trip to Germany and a promising, somewhat obscure new… » 12/10/13 1:41pm 12/10/13 1:41pm

Did The NCAA Screw Up Another Player Health Decision?

As a near universal rule, the NCAA makes bad decisions. So when I heard that the NCAA had recently made a controversial decision pertaining to student-athlete health, a decision that incited the ire of the American Society of Hematology, I reflexively assumed the NCAA had once again screwed up. Now I'm not so sure. » 12/05/13 11:02am 12/05/13 11:02am

The Science Of Hangovers: Causes, Cures, And Prevention

This is one of the first rivalry weekends of the college football season, and I'll be spending it in New Haven, Connecticut, for what is perhaps the nadir of intercollegiate gridiron competition: the Harvard/Yale game. Inside the stadium, the future business leaders of America will strap on the pads and play what is… » 11/22/13 4:57pm 11/22/13 4:57pm

Is The New CTE Test For Football Players A Good One?

November 6th was a landmark day in the NFL's ongoing head trauma debacle. We learned that Tony Dorsett, the 59-year-old Hall of Fame running back who'd recently been battling depression and memory problems, had been diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Not long after the story broke, … » 11/14/13 3:40pm 11/14/13 3:40pm

Can Science Predict An Injury-Prone Future Draft Pick?

Freshman basketball phenom Andrew Wiggins’s college debut tonight for the University of Kansas is one of the most anticipated arrivals in a generation. When he steps on the court at Allen Fieldhouse against the University of Louisiana at Monroe, scouts from every NBA team will presumably be watching because Wiggins—a… » 11/08/13 12:38pm 11/08/13 12:38pm

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

Pamela Anderson running on a beach is one of those indelible images in American pop culture. And so there were a lot of yuks when she announced earlier this fall that she'd be running in the New York City Marathon, which takes place this Sunday. Pam Anderson running—for 26.2 miles! Except, when she went on Ellen and… » 10/31/13 3:44pm 10/31/13 3:44pm

What Happens When A Boxer Is Beaten To Death, And How We Can Stop it

After Jermichael Finley's recent spinal cord injury, a sportswriting friend of mine shook his head and referred to football as “America's sickness.” As severe as it was, though, Finley's injury wasn't nearly the worst a professional athlete suffered last weekend. On Saturday night, 26-year-old junior featherweight… » 10/24/13 2:30pm 10/24/13 2:30pm

It's Too Soon To Say That Jermichael Finley Is "Going To Be Fine"

For the second time in the past month, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has sustained a serious head injury while playing football. And while he appears to be recovering movement following a temporary paralysis immediately after the injury, it's a stark reminder that the effects of head trauma in football… » 10/21/13 5:32pm 10/21/13 5:32pm

Does Dustin Pedroia—Or Any Pro Athlete—Have A Right To Privacy?

The bearded, hundred-million-dollar face of the Red Sox franchise played through much of the 2013 season with an injury he wishes you never heard about. And the thing is, maybe you shouldn't have. » 10/18/13 11:47am 10/18/13 11:47am