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Concussions- League of Denial
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:45 PM
After dispensing with questions about labor relations and league finances, Halberstam turned to the NFL's growing concussion problem. Tagliabue dismissed the matter as a "pack journalism issue" and claimed that the NFL experienced "one concussion every three or four games," which he said came out to 2.5 concussions for every "22,000 players engaged."
I know some of the you are sick of this topic, but it's a serious threat to the game. Every player and coach knows *some* of the risks involved when you play. Broken bones and even rare instances death and paralysis can occur.
But nobody until recently knew that helmet-to-helmet contact could potentially be so dangerous. As someone who played HS football and was involved in HS football for many years afterwards, this is a major concern.
If the current research findings are validated, it will have major repercussions for the sport. If former high-profile NFL players start showing up with dementia and other brain injuries, companies will start bailing as advertisers. Insurance will skyrocket. Congress will get involved.
This is a story to keep an eye on.
Phil Callihan Editor-in-Chief UMGoBlue.COM