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I'm not sure of where I want to go with this thread but it seems to me ESPN is giving a inordinate amount of coverage to head injuries in football. There is another story today about a player who says football just wasn't worth it with what he is going through at this point in his life. First, any head injury, no matter what the sport is serious and the repetative hits that some football players take in practice and then games, has to cause great alarm to all of us who care about the long term viability of football at all levels.
What I don't know is where to draw the line in the media coverage with what is new news and what is piling on to a problem that everyone is aware of. It seems ESPN has several stories and in some cases, features every week with either a football player debating himself whether he will let his son play football or a random story about a player somewhere who gets a concussion. What is ESPN's objective? Is it to draw light to a health issue that a percentage of former players suffer from? Is it somehow political in nature with the intent of eventually shaming people who watch football as being enablers and in some way responsible for injuries with their support? Is it to scare adults enough to prohibit their sons from even taking up the sport thus reducing the player talent pool to keep the game at it's best?
I have no doubt that the NFL in conjunction with helmet manufacturers are spending massive amounts of money in time and research to upgrade and make the helmets as concussion proof as possible. But with the hundreds of former players now filing billion dollar class action lawsuits and the constant drum beat from news organizations about the safety of football, there should be red flags going up everywhere for the continued viability of the sport we love so much.
Interesting thoughts ... But would espn want to hurt football as this.is.their cash cow
This is a genuine problem for football. The realization that playing football is associated with development of long term brain injury is something that has only recently come to light. The problem is that the brain is not fixed inside the skull. There is very little you can to change the basic laws of physics and momentum. When the head is moving at high velocity and stops suddenly the brain continues to move until it crashes into bone or tentorium. These are the same kinds of injuries that occur in automobile accidents and boxing. The problem is that no matter what you do to the helmet on the outside of the head it does little to change what goes on inside the head. Aggressively enforcing rules against unnecessary violence might be more effective then anything that can be done technologically. In fact reducing the level of protection players wear might just actually discourage them from using their gear and bodies as weapons and reduce the problem.
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and teaching kids to TACKLE instead of HIT. Gotta partially blame ESPN for glorifying the "slobbernocker" hits on Sports Center.
BINGO!!!!!!!! I still can't, for the life of me, figure out how offensive linemen get concussions......
Football is a contact sport. Big dudes hit other big dudes and get paid a shit load of money for it. All the risks are known up front. Suprised injuries of any sort happens? Again....they know the risks and get paid a shit ton of money for it. Millions upon millions of dollars to play a fucking GAME.
I sympathize with them but not a lot. They make their choice.
Maybe we should put pink dresses on them all or ballarina tights and instead of tackling players we have them blow kisses at each other and play grab ass on the field like a bunch of faggots. That will make the sport better. (rolls eyes)
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
I think one of ESPNs own has had some sort of head injury (see Mark May) or maybe he was just born that way?
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