University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Where Concussion Inc.’s Solution Is Concussion Inc.’s Problem

Published December 10th, 2014, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Like many of us, Chris Nowinski, the sports concussion advocate, is more likeable when he’s droll than when he’s earnest and brand-building. Maybe more effective, too. Earlier this week, Nowinski, aka @ChrisNowinski1, tweeted: “Hey football, everything is safer than it’s ever been. War is also safer than it’s ever been….” Nowinski, [...]

C.M. Punk Puts Spotlight Back on Dr. Maroon’s Team and WWE ‘Wellness Policy’

Published December 8th, 2014, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The pro wrestling media did a good job of interpreting the verbal volleys in hours upon hours of recent podcasts by WWE boss Vince McMahon and one of his former top performers, C.M, Punk (real name Phil Brooks), who quit earlier this year under bitter circumstances. Of course, I am a [...]

WWE Wrestler’s New Concussion Lawsuit Recalls Company’s NFL Link and Its Own Corporate and Individual Lies

Published October 28th, 2014, Uncategorized

CONCUSSION INC: The End of Football As We Know It will be published shortly by ECW Press. View the front and back cover images here.     by Irvin Muchnick    For basic coverage of former WWE wrestler Billy Jack Haynes’ class action lawsuit against the company for alleged concealment from the talent of known traumatic [...]

Revisiting Jovan Belcher

Published September 29th, 2014, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   In a finding that is unsurprisingly in this corner, an examination of the brain of Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who nearly two years ago shot to death the mother of their infant daughter, then killed himself, shows that he had telltale signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (specifically, tau [...]

Flashback: Wes Welker Suspension Recalls Our 2011 Coverage of How Football Players Beat the Concussion Tests By Abusing Ritalin

Published September 3rd, 2014, Uncategorized

Yesterday the National Football League’s four-game suspension of Wes Welker, the Denver Broncos’ oft-concussed wide receiver, for amphetamine use, led some in the Colorado media to discuss on Twitter our 2011 report on the imminent explosion of Ritalin abuse among football players. See below. CONCUSSION INC: The End of Football As We Know It will [...]