Razed Sports

Razed Sports

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In Season 1 of the Razed Sports podcast, host Bob Harkins tackles the issue of brain trauma in football. What are the long-term effects on the health of athletes, how does it affect their loved ones and what does it all mean for the future of the sport? https://razedsports.com/ Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support


Ep. 9: Why we play
Mar 7 • 19 min
We’ve learned a lot about brain injuries in football during Season 1 of Razed Sports. But there is one nagging question that we haven’t really addressed : Knowing all that we now know about the long-term risks of tackle football, why are we still playing…
Ep. 8: ‘I wouldn’t put a helmet like that on my dog’
Feb 13 • 29 min
In 2011, Bill Simpson was watching an Indianapolis Colts game from the sideline. He wasn’t a football fan, but he’d been lured there by his friend Tom Moore, who was the team’s offensive coordinator at the time. During the game, Indianapolis Colts…
Bonus: Football, genetics and CTE
Jan 29 • 10 min
What do we know about genetic links to CTE? There are a lot of theories, but not a lot of answers. I was asked to tackle this topic for Fansided.com (the article is live so please check out out), but I also wanted to produce a bonus episode for the…
Ep. 7: ‘I’m gonna take on the National Football League’
Jan 10 • 26 min
In late 2016, the Supreme Court rejected challenges to the settlement of a landmark lawsuit against the National Football League. That cleared the last hurdle to a billion-dollar agreement — former players could finally be compensated for brain ailments…
Bonus: What do we know about CBD?
Dec 31, 2018 • 6 min
There is a fair amount of research into the medical benefits of marijuana, but when it comes to CBD, our knowledge is less clear. CBD does not contain THC, which is the component of marijuana that makes you high. So you theoretically get all the benefits…
Ep. 6: ‘Cannabis saved my life’
Dec 20, 2018 • 19 min
Kyle Turley came away from his NFL career with a host of health issues (including symptoms of CTE) and an addiction to prescription pain medicine. He claims that cannabis helped him overcome his addiction, lessened his pain and aided him in his battle…
Bonus: What is the prevalence of CTE?
Dec 10, 2018 • 28 min
A 2017 study shocked the football world with a headline: CTE had been found in 110 out of 111 brains of deceased former NFL players. It was alarming, but also sparked a backlash of naysayers pointing out that it was a biased study with little scientific…
Ep. 5: ‘The definition of toughness’
Nov 29, 2018 • 28 min
Kevin Saum was an excellent high school football player who loved running over defenders on his way to the end zone. But that style of play led to an incident that cost him his dream of playing in college — and nearly ended his life. Now he wants other…
Bonus: A historical look at brain injuries, CTE and the NFL
Nov 19, 2018 • 33 min
Stephen Casper, a neuroscience historian and professor at Clarkson University, sets the record straight on the historical connection between brain injuries in sports and long-term health issues. Among the things we learn: - The scientific community has…
Ep. 4: ‘It’s too late for my son’
Nov 8, 2018 • 24 min
After Joseph Chernach took his own life in 2012, he was found to have suffered brain damage from playing football. Since then, his mother, Debbie Pyka, has worked to educate others on the risks of football and encourage brain donations to further medical…
Bonus episode: Bleacher Report’s Mirin Fader and the tragic story of James Ransom
Oct 29, 2018 • 17 min
Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report discusses her story on James Ransom, who committed suicide at age 13 just a year after suffering a concussion on the football field. Fader talks about the challenges of reporting the story, the heartbreak of James’ parents,…
Ep. 3: ‘There’s something wrong with Junior’
Oct 18, 2018 • 25 min
We tell the story of Junior Seau through the eyes of someone who knew him best, his sister Mary, who sheds light on what drove him to become an NFL legend. She also shares thoughts on why signs of her brother’s brain trauma went unheeded, discusses her…
Bonus episode: ESPN’s Tim Keown and the ‘Fearless Bailey Foley’
Oct 8, 2018 • 22 min
ESPN’s Tim Keown discusses his story on Bailey Foley, a high school football player who suffered a severe head injury during a game and nearly died on the field. Foley’s teammates vowed to “play like Bailey” on the way to a state title, leading to a tough…
Ep. 2: ‘Civil rights on behalf of kids’
Sep 27, 2018 • 27 min
Kimberly Archie has long been an advocate for child safety in sports, so when her son Paul died in a motorcycle accident, her experience told her there was more to his story. It also led her on a quest to make football safer for kids. —- Support this…
Bonus episode: What is CTE?
Sep 18, 2018 • 5 min
In our first “Razed Short,” we take a look at CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy. What is it? What are the symptoms? Is there any way to treat it? How widespread is it in football? We attempt to answer all of these questions. —- Support this podcast:…
Ep. 1: ‘It’s not a success story’
Sep 6, 2018 • 23 min
In Season 1 of the Razed Sports podcast, we’ll tackle the issue of brain trauma in the sport of football. Our first episode is on Cyndy Feasel, who witnessed the heartbreaking changes in her husband Grant, who slid into alcoholism after 117 brutal games…
Trailer: Season 1 to launch Sept. 6
Aug 13, 2018 • 3 min
Welcome to the Razed Sports Podcast! In season 1, host Bob Harkins will dive into the topic of concussions and CTE — brain trauma — in football. We’ll tell personal stories of those affected personally by the crisis and try to discern what it all means…