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October 27, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver by a mile, admitted he was anxious and frightened when he first began dealing with a concussion following a crash three weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. But the veteran Sprint Cup racer also said he was glad that he took all the precautionary steps that led to his return to the track this weekend in Martinsville, Va. “Some concussions are really bad, and I don't care how tough you think you are, when your mind is not working the way it is supposed to, it scares the [expletive]
January 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
  The Lakers announced that Pau Gasol, who suffered a concussion Sunday in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, was reexamined Tuesday by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams. Gasol was "not cleared to resume playing basketball," and will miss -- as expected -- the Lakers' visits to the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs on back-to-back nights. Williams will evaluate Gasol again Thursday, ahead of the Lakers' Friday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. The NBA has instituted a more rigorous concussion policy to help protect players.  Until Gasol reaches his individual neurological baseline, set earlier in the season, he won't be cleared to play.
April 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Two days after suffering a concussion caused by Lakers forward Metta World Peace striking him with an elbow, Oklahoma City guard James Harden sent out a tweet that suggested he's made progress since last being seen lying motionless on the court. "Im solid," Harden tweeted Tuesday morning. "Feeling good. Appreciate y'all for checking on me!!" Harden didn't return to the game after World Peace struck him with his left elbow with 1:37 remaining in the second quarter.  The Oklahoman's John Rohde also reported that Thunder Coach Scott Brooks said Harden "did a few things but not everything" during Tuesday's morning shootaround.
December 15, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who canceled an overseas trip this week due to a stomach virus, suffered a concussion after she fainted, the State Department said Saturday. Clinton, who has said she plans to step down shortly, fainted after she became dehydrated due to the virus, the department said in a statement. She is recovering at home and being monitored by doctors. “She will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with department and other officials.
January 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
According to , Pau Gasol has not been cleared to return from a concussion he sustained Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets. Gasol will be reevaluated Friday morning before the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The forward/center has already missed 10 games this season, eight with knee tendinitis. The league has a stringent concussion policy and while Gasol has shown improvement, "he is still not cleared to play basketball," according to the website. Gasol was examined by Dr. Vern Williams.
June 7, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
As a head-bashing NFL fullback, Kevin Turner was once knocked into such a daze that he wasn't sure whether he was playing a football game or had just crawled out of bed. "In the Green Bay game, I had been out there and had played a couple series," said Turner, 42, recalling when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles. "Come back and I'm talking to [quarterback] Bobby Hoying on the sidelines. Felt like I had just woke up, and I'm asking him, 'Are we in Green Bay or are we in Philly?
December 2, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Here's a mystery that parents, professional sports team owners and the nation's top uniformed generals would all like to see solved: given a series of blows to the head, who is most likely to go on to suffer personality changes, depression, memory and concentration problems later in life? Ideally, they'd want to know this early - perhaps before mom or dad signs junior up for tackle football or the Marines dispatch a newly minted jarhead to Afghanistan to face a plague of roadside bombs.
December 13, 2010 | Wire reports
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is beginning the evaluation protocol for his second concussion this season. His availability for Sunday's game at New England remains unclear. Rodgers left Sunday's loss at Detroit shortly after he was hit hard on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, a scramble and a sack. He was replaced by Matt Flynn . Rodgers also suffered a concussion in Green Bay's loss at Washington on Oct. 10. He played against Miami the following week and has not missed a game since taking over as the Packers' starter in 2008.
September 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is back home after spending the night in the hospital with a concussion. How long before he plays again is now the big question facing the Gators. Tebow was released from a Lexington, Ky., hospital Sunday morning, about 12 hours after sustaining a concussion in the Gators' 41-7 victory at Kentucky. He was held for precautionary reasons and tests. "Tim is doing fine this morning," said Coach Urban Meyer , who stayed behind with Tebow. "His CT scans came back and indicated that Tim suffered a concussion."
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