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Sarah A. McGraw, Christopher R. Deubert, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Alixandra Nozzolillo, Lauren Taylor, and I. Glenn Cohen

going to take your job. So that definitely plays into the mental aspect of it (26). An NFL career can bring players great financial and social rewards, but there are downsides. First, players collectively suffer a mean of 1,511 injuries each regular season, 160 of which are concussions Deubert, Cohen

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Zachary L. Mannes, Erin G. Ferguson, Nicole Ennis, Deborah S. Hasin, and Linda B. Cottler

National Football League (NFL) participation carries substantial risk of injury and medical complications, including musculoskeletal injuries, repetitive head trauma, and muscle overuse ( Kerr et al., 2012 ; Weir et al., 2009 ). These exposures can often lead to long-term negative health

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Jennifer A. Scarduzio, Christina S. Walker, Nicky Lewis, and Anthony M. Limperos

public opinion might be in general. In particular, the National Football League (NFL) has received the bulk of media coverage surrounding IPV. For instance, in 2014, a widely publicized domestic violence or IPV incident involving NFL player Ray Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer created a “domestic

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Sabrina Castonguay and Mark Lowes

The concussion crisis of the National Football League (NFL) is one of the most prominent crises in professional sport, having received tremendous attention from the media, governmental authorities, and the public for more than 2 decades. Concussions first emerged as a significant issue in

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Kenneth Sean Chaplin and Jeffrey Montez de Oca

Over the past two seasons, African-American NFL players have protested against state violence in communities of color. Race-based protest movements in US sport are not new. They have taken many forms and functions, and have encompassed a broad range of actors/actresses who share similar visions and

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J.D. DeFreese, Samuel R. Walton, Zachary Yukio Kerr, Benjamin L. Brett, Avinash Chandran, Rebekah Mannix, Hope Campbell, Ruben J. Echemendia, Michael A. McCrea, William P. Meehan III, and Kevin M. Guskiewicz

The transition from professional (i.e., National Football League [NFL]) football to nonsport endeavors represents a notable sport psychology research to practice interest. Research to date has highlighted mental health outcomes such as depression, anxiety, and associated symptoms as important

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Andrew C. Billings, Melvin Lewis, Kenon A. Brown, and Qingru Xu

For nearly half the calendar year, Sundays in the United States are shrouded with two unique institutions: half the populace are regular church attendees ( Pew Research Center, 2016 ), and just as many then consume the most popular sport in America— football in the National Football League (NFL

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James Bingaman

In July of 2020, after 87 years, the Washington NFL franchise announced that it would be removing its controversial and disparaging nickname ( Keim, 2022 ). The Washington Commanders—hereinafter referred to as Washington—unveiled its new identity on February 2, 2022, and received a mixed response

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Kerry R. McGannon and Ted M. Butryn

League (NFL) teams used Facebook throughout the course of a season, and how fan interaction related to the strategies and content the teams used. Although the authors stated that “Sport brands, over time and through proper management, will prosper despite the challenges associated with the growth and

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Josh Compton and Jordan Compton

Open letters offer a unique focus for rhetorical analysis in sport communication, forming a message that is both interpersonal (the attempt to reflect dialogue through a letter writer and its recipients) and public (the “open” part of the open letter). The National Football League (NFL) attempted image repair when it used open letters to respond to accusations that it was not doing enough to protect athletes against devastating effects of concussions. Through the use of Benoit’s theory of image repair, the authors found that Commissioner Goodell’s open letters relied on 2 main image-repair strategies: reducing offensiveness and corrective action. They consider the implications of these rhetorical choices for the complicated merging areas of sport, communication, and health in the NFL’s open letters.