Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

New York Rangers winger Derek Boogaard fights with New York Islanders winger Trevor Gillies at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boogaard Family Sues NHL For Son’s Death

The family of a National Hockey League player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.

05/13/2013

Dr. Julian Bailes shows PET scan images from a research study on CTE, including scans of five living former NFL players. (Credit: CBS)

Research Suggests Scan Could Find Concussion Trauma In Living Patients

It’s a breakthrough that could help save the lives of athletes who play contact sports. Research conducted partially in Chicago has found a way to diagnose a devastating brain disease for the first time, while the athlete is still alive.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

Johnny Knox is tended to by doctors after suffering a frightening spine injury against the Seattle Seahawks in December of 2011. He has yet to fully recover. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: David Haugh Is Wrong About Risks, Rewards Of Football

I can tell someone to base such important decisions on something more than logical fallacy, cheesy romanticism and complete unawareness of science, medicine and facts.

CBS Chicago–06/03/2012

Dave Duerson

Duerson’s Family Creates Safety Program For Indiana School Athletes

The family and friends of the late Dave Duerson, who spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears, have created a program to help Muncie, Ind., high school and middle school athletes who suffer head injuries.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2012

Dave Duerson

Duerson’s Family Claims NFL Covered Up Concussion Dangers

The family of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson said Thursday that the Super Bowl champion would still be alive today, if not what they claim was an NFL conspiracy to cover up the dangers of concussions.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2012

Brain Scan

Concussions A Risk For Kids In All Types Of Sports

The latest research shows repeated head trauma can cause irreparable brain disease. As CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports, for parents whose kids are active, this can be extremely troubling, especially when you consider that almost any sport can leave your child with a concussion.

CBS 2–02/14/2012

Dave Duerson

Autopsy Results To Be Released For Duerson’s Brain

Researchers from Boston University are set to announce autopsy results this morning for former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in February.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2011

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Four

Report: Probert Suffered From Degenerative Brain Disease

Former Blackhawks enforcer Bob Probert suffered from the same degenerative brain disease that has gained attention for its prevalence in NFL football players, according to published reports.

CBS Chicago–03/03/2011