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Using the evidence

New research on the effects of multiple concussions could help force the NFL to mandate longer rest periods to protect their players from absorbing more punishment.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | December 21, 2010; 07:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

More to be done

The NFL is paying greater attention to the serious health risks of concussions, but a simple rule change without more medical restrictions on a player's ability to return to the field following a concussion won't cut it.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | October 19, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Abuse beyond NFL

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is on the rise across the United States and codeine -- the key ingredient in "purple drank" -- is one of a number of recreational prescription drugs that needs to be more closely controlled.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | July 20, 2010; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Illegal contact?

The latest allegations against Ben Roethlisberger once again beg the question, is this a case of sex addiction, and if so, is it a pathological condition or just a new excuse for the same old bad behavior.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Humanizing Tiger

The public fallout of Tiger's infidelity fast-forwarded his stages of change and recovery and forever changed our perception of him.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 19, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Decisions Decisions

While most will never face Freeney's specific choice, we make similar decisions every day.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 4, 2010; 06:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shock value

These pathways are largely modulated by dopamine, and are also responsible for the pleasurable effects of 'high-reward' stimuli, such as drugs, sex and gambling.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | January 25, 2010; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Modern Gladiators

It's hard to imagine a Hank Williams Jr's: "Are you ready for some Flag Football? "

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | October 28, 2009; 06:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Athlete Idolatry

Maybe Air Jordan or Air McNair are false idols and we need to be more critical of who deserves the title of hero.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | July 8, 2009; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Depressing Conclusions

While it is accepted that cognitive and mood changes can result from head trauma, there is still great uncertainty within the medical field about how to define brain injury and even greater about how to treat it.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | June 10, 2009; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stress Can Be Good

Players and coaches should be more honest about the high level of stress in the game.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | May 8, 2009; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

When Personality Trumps Performance

A little narcissism can be okay, but too much "me, me, me" leaves little room for others.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | March 6, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Faith Enhancement?

Governing bodies across the globe are attempting to combat illegal drug use. But what if faith is a natural performance - enhancer?

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 4, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

Resilience Is Relative

It is important to consider that individual responses to stress may be, at least in part, innate.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | January 15, 2009; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

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