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/ Become a supporter of … read more

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Ep. 9: Why we play

March 7th, 2019

19:09

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 …

Ep. 8: 'I wouldn't put a helmet like that on my dog'

February 13th, 2019

29:55

 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 …

Bonus: Football, genetics and CTE

January 29th, 2019

10:54

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 …

Ep. 7: 'I'm gonna take on the National Football League'

January 10th, 2019

26:30

In late 2016, the Supreme Court rejected challenges to the settlement of a landmark lawsuit against the National Football League. That cleared the …

Bonus: What do we know about CBD?

December 31st, 2018

6:20

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 …

Ep. 6: 'Cannabis saved my life'

December 20th, 2018

19:23

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 …

Bonus: What is the prevalence of CTE?

December 10th, 2018

28:03

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 …

Ep. 5: 'The definition of toughness'

November 29th, 2018

28:19

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 …

Bonus: A historical look at brain injuries, CTE and the NFL

November 19th, 2018

33:40

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 …

Ep. 4: 'It's too late for my son'

November 8th, 2018

24:49

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 …

Bonus episode: Bleacher Report's Mirin Fader and the tragic story of James Ransom

October 29th, 2018

17:42

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 …

Ep. 3: 'There's something wrong with Junior'

October 18th, 2018

25:55

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 …

Bonus episode: ESPN's Tim Keown and the 'Fearless Bailey Foley'

October 8th, 2018

22:37

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 …

Ep. 2: 'Civil rights on behalf of kids'

September 27th, 2018

27:54

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 …

Bonus episode: What is CTE?

September 18th, 2018

5:14

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 …

Ep. 1: 'It's not a success story'

September 6th, 2018

23:19

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 …

Trailer: Season 1 to launch Sept. 6

August 13th, 2018

3:01

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 …

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