Razed Sports

Razed Sports

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 this podcast: <a href="https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support" rel="payment">https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support</a> ... Show More

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September 5, 2019 32 min

There are about 1,200 players selected in the MLB draft each year -- What happens if you're one of the players chosen near the bottom? What sort of chance are you going to get? Find out in Season 2 of Razed Sports, as we share the story of Cole Uvila, a most tenacious player with a most unusual backstory.

In Episode 1, hear the tale of how Cole became a pitcher, how he didn't take pitching seriously until college,... Read more

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August 15, 2019 3 min

Every young baseball player dreams of playing in the major leagues, but even the best players find out quickly that it takes a lot more than dreaming to get there. It takes talent, of course, but also an incredible amount of patience, hard work and good health -- not to mention luck.

Welcome to Season 2 of the Razed Sports podcast, in which host Bob Harkins goes deep into the minor leagues to follow one such hopeful, a ha... Read more

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March 7, 2019 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 the sport?


I’ve heard a lot of responses to this question over the last few months, some of which make some sense, some … well … not s... Read more

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 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 receiver Austin Collie took a terrible hit and was carted from the field with a concussion.


Simpson was shocked, but when he asked Moore, his friend told him “thi... Read more

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January 29, 2019 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 listeners here. 


I ... Read more

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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 they suffered playing professional football.


While the lawsuit and settlement rocked the sports world, the way it all started was almost unbelievable. It inv... Read more

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December 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 without the psychoactive effects. What's unclear, however, is what exactly the health benefits are.


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December 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 with suicidal thoughts. Credits: Reported and written by Erick Galindo (@ErickGEEE); edited and produced by Bob Harkins (@BHarks). --- Support this podcast: Read more

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December 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 value. But Drs. Zach Binney and Kathleen Bachynski thought otherwise and came up with a study of their own -- using math to figure out a ballpark range for what the prevalence of C... Read more

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November 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 athletes to know that there are more important things than football and better ways to define toughness. He takes a break from his own podcast -- "Heads N' Tales" -- t... Read more

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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 known about this connection much longer than you think. - How the rise of sports medicine led to a (wrong) perception that brain injury research is a new thing. - Whether some peopl... Read more

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November 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 research. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support

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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, the lack of a response from youth football officials, and more. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/r... Read more

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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 own feelings of guilt and talks about what she is doing to help others through the Mary Seau CTE Foundation. --- Support this podcast: Read more

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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 question -- if something good comes from something terrible, was it worth it? --- Support this podcast: Read more

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September 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 podcast: https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support

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September 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: https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support

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September 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 in the NFL, and who was diagnosed with stage 3 CTE following his death in 2012 at age 52. --- Support this podcast: Read more

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August 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 for the future of the sport. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/razedsports/support

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