digtriad.com posted a story written by WFMY News 2 about the recent report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (NCCSIR);
Monday, researchers at UNC Chapel Hill said catastrophic brain injuries associated with full-contact football appear to be rising, especially among high school students.
They call the increase alarming and said it indicates that more coaches and athletic trainers should change how they teach the fundamental skills of the game.
Until recently, the number of football-related brain injuries with permanent disability in high school had remained in the single digits since 1984.
However, in 2008 and 2009 10 injuries were recorded and in 2011 there were 13 injuries recorded. That’s according to the latest catastrophic football injury research annual report from the UNC-based National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.
To me it is a double-edged resource; on one hand it is good the “good ol’ boys” of the research world (aka those most listened to) have presented this material. On the other hand we have published information about this research BEFORE its release recently with the tremendous work of/by Matt Chaney.
The full report from the NCCSIR can be found here, it chronicles the catastrophic injuries from 1977 – 2011.
However with the recent and VERY accurate listings from Chaney there seems to be a difference, which Chaney so eloquently put it in an email to me;
Americans:The appropriate adjectives for UNC’s latest ‘football catastrophic injury’ concoction by Dr. Granny Mueller and Camp Cantu (when they respect truth, I’ll respect their names) are virtually infinite for negatives in the dictionary, including:Cavalier. Deceptive. Inexplicable. Irresponsible. Inaccurate. Ignorant. Sophomoric. Silly. Sleazy.Mueller-Cantu have now posted their ‘report’ for catastrophic survivors of football in year 2011, gathering a mere 44 cases. (Do these people even care about their propoganda’s effect on millions of parents and kids who trust their word?)By the way, our esteemed researchers here cannot even list my name nor proper reference to my blog reviews in their so-called study. As if they haven’t seen my cases forwarded them from October until February. (Both replied to affirm they have.)Below, for everyone’s reference once again, including the two co-author, ‘expert’ clowns whom I’m also forwarding, here is breakdown of my ‘catastrophic’ 2011 football survivors posted Feb. 12, including two adults severely injured by football contact on sidelines, for a total of 111 candidates for Mueller-Cantu to allegedly have ‘investigated,’ per Cantu’s email reply to me in receipt of these cases:
*8 survivors of cardiac arrest or condition.
*1 survivor of heart attack.
*17 survivors of brain bleeding requiring surgery, with about half of them still in recovery.
*2 survivors of vessel rupture and stroke requiring surgery, including 1 yet in recovery.
*4 survivors of brain bleeding requiring hospitalization without surgery, including at least 1 yet in recovery.
*1 survivor of brain seizure requiring surgery, caused by a congenital artery tangle known as AVM, with rehabilitation underway.
*2 survivors of head and/or neck injury causing nerve damage.
*1 survivor of skull fracture.
*5 additional survivors of severe or catastrophic head injury or condition.
*20 spinal cases requiring surgery, largely for stabilizing vertebral fractures, including at least 6 victims experiencing continuing paralysis for insult of the spinal-cord nerve bundle.
*49 spinal injuries of no paralysis that did not require surgery, with large majority of cases involving fracturing of vertebral column.
*1 survivor of staph infection in spinal column, no paralysis.My complete cases file follows at bottom, including names, places, date order, other proper organizing always lacking in UNC texts.The pertinent questions abound about Mueller-Cantu 2011 (how about their fatals report, still listing a 2010 death for 2011?), and trust I will thoroughly follow each in dissecting this ridiculous document in weeks upcoming.In coming months, I will post every case omitted from Mueller-Cantu reports 2009-2011, survivors of injury to correlate strictly with their definition of ‘catastrophic injury’, quote ‘football injuries which resulted in brain or spinal cord injury or skull or spine fracture.’Oh, yeah, and how about this annual claim by our ‘researchers,’ on p.12 in new post:
“Football catastrophic injuries may never be totally eliminated, but continued research has resulted in rule changes, equipment standards, improved medical care both on and off the playing field, and changes in teaching the fundamental techniques of the game...these reports have been responsible for the reduction of football fatalities and catastrophic injuries”
For full reference of Chaney’s findings you can click on above link or CLICK HERE.
You are either going to need very considerate insurance companies or at the VERY least an athletic trainer to continue to play this sport in its current fashion in the near future.