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Do we have the stomach for football?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

By Laura Pappano News that NFL veteran Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, suffered from degenerative brain disease was hardly a revelation. We paused, saddened, on Thursday when the National Institutes of Health announced that Seau’s brain revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy – the result of absorbing frequent blows to ...

Vonn concussion race: NFL players aren’t the only athletes who deserve better protection

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

By Laura Pappano It’s February and Lindsey Vonn is in the news. Again. Unlike last year, when we debated whether or not she was exploited by an SI swimsuit spread, this year she has just won the silver medal in the downhill world championships in Garmisch-Paertenkirchen, Germany – while skiing in a ...

NFLPA Concern for “Regular People”…Don’t Forget Hotel Maids!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Obviously, it sounds like negotiation hoopla. Members of the NFL Players Association charged with forging a deal with the league (NFL owners last year voted to opt out of the present collective bargaining agreement) insist they are not just thinking about themselves. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, one of the ...

Why is Childbirth the Athlete’s Bogeywoman?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Laura Pappano By the time Kim Clijsters charged toward the net to hit a final, overhead smash against Caroline Wozniacki and claim the 2009 US Open championship (7-5, 6-3), I was wondering if I really should be thinking so much about her uterus. Sure, as a mother of three who plays ...

Getting Urban Girls into the Game: Dance First?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor It is the quiet story behind the high-profile victories of women’s athletics:  After thirty years of Title IX, after the superstardom of Mia Hamm, Michelle Wie, and Venus Williams, even after the advocacy of groups like the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls – especially in urban communities – are ...

Ultimate: More Women Hucking Discs and Taking Titles

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Bonnie Tsui, author and award-winning writer, tells FairGameNews: "I've been wanting to write this story for a long time -- I've been playing club-level Ultimate for some years now -- and the growth and professionalization of the sport in the last ten years has been phenomenal. This is due in no small part ...