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NFL and CTE

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    So, the NY Times published an article stating many things including the fact that not all concussions were included in the NFL's study on concussions. Honestly, I don't think we really need science to tell us banging heads is going to end up being bad for you in the long run. Just take a look at Mohammed Ali or any one of the 25 now deceased NFL players that were confirmed to have CTE in autopsy. Currently, there are 4500 former players involved in a class action lawsuit against the NFL. I really hope they weren't hiding evidence, but understanding that it's multi-billion dollar business, I could see it happening considering the money involved. It seems like all they're doing in the name of player safety is now just protection for future law suits that they know are coming. At what point do we just admit that it's a risk and allow players to assume the risk or don't?
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    manglahesh Wrote: At what point do we just admit that it's a risk and allow players to assume the risk or don't?

    I think this has been the NFL's stance from the very beginning. It's just the NFL's been more hush hush about the openness of the exact risk. And it's simply just been more implied, as if their slogan has always been something like - hey, we are going to give you tons of money to play a professional contact sport that clearly can lead to both short and long term injuries. It's both fun and dangerous; wanna join?

    They have gotten away with the risk factor because it's been vague and implied for so many decades. But now when you scientifically can prove that almost every single collision on the field is possible of 'mini-concussions'.. not to mention the full on concussions from being knocked out cold, and what that means for the brain.. they can't just hide behind .. the implications any longer.

    Tough spot for the sport. It really is. Seems as if they want to hold off as long as humanely possible to agreeing fully with the CTE links. Cause if you do, the sport will either have to drastically change it's rules across the board to morph into a sport that is almost unrecognizable to modern day football, or it will have call the sport what it is - the modern day Gladiator arena. Athleticism on display for the masses, were everyone involved gets seriously injured, for all the masses' amusement. Or they close up shop. All 3 are bad options. So they are currently choosing the 'stick our collective heads in the sand' approach.

    That cannot last forever though, especially in the PC heavy world we live in now.

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    I saw a commercial for an experimental technology that places sensors on an athlete's head. When they are hit, it provides feedback as to how much damage they receive from another player. The data feeds directly to an app on the coaches Ipad. It can indicate whether or not the player is at risk of a concussion, warranting a CT scan.
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    JFoster Wrote: I saw a commercial for an experimental technology that places sensors on an athlete's head. When they are hit, it provides feedback as to how much damage they receive from another player. The data feeds directly to an app on the coaches Ipad. It can indicate whether or not the player is at risk of a concussion, warranting a CT scan.

    yeah, saw this NY Times vid about it. Pretty interesting.

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    That's great if they want to measure it but I feel like the damage is also coming from all of the smaller hits day in and day out. Dr. Mark Gordon, who works with patients with traumatic brain injuries, doesn't seem to think it takes much at all to mess with your brain and then you end up with hormonal issues due to the damage.