If you are at all tuned into sports you undoubtedly heard Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers be uncomfortably candid about concussions. Polamalu has been upfront on this issue before and as we highlighted the issue is with the professional athlete; the ones informed and being paid large amounts of money to provide a service.
I would say that I really don’t have an issue with these comments;
“There’s so much built up about team camaraderie and sacrifice, and football is such a tough man’s game,” Polamalu told the Dan Patrick Show. “I think that’s why it’s so popular, why so many blue-collar communities and people feel really attracted to it, because it’s sort of a blue-collar struggle that football players go through in terms of the physicality of the game and the commitment you need. … It’s that commitment you need to play football. You feel sore, you’re beat up, you’re injured, you’re legitimately injured, most people may take three months off to work in an office, we choose to play the next week.”
Nor do I take an exception to Polamalu saying he has lied to stay on the field, that is the culture of football; which I feel is OK for professionals, only. The issue is that this information trickles down and any degree
of separation from the professional level downward is a problem. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for adolescents or kids to emulate this type of behavior, especially if they have informed parents and coaches.
The issue I do have with Polamalu’s ascertain that he knows at what threshold a brain injury becomes a concussion;
“When you get your bell rung they consider that a concussion — I wouldn’t … If that is considered a concussion, I’d say any football player at least records 50 to 100 concussions a year.”
“Bell rung” is exactly what a concussion is, disruption of normal brain function. If your brain does not normally just create blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or fogginess just walking around; then these type of symptoms – especially after a traumatic event – would and should indicate that it is actually a concussion. In the last part of the statement he highlighted the issue with the NFL and its players going forward. Each player may get upward of 50 concussions a year – no wonder we are seeing more and more evidence of CTE and other neurodegenerative problems.
Perhaps Polamalu should re-examine or look back at what he said back in December; he has probably forgotten – a sign of brain health issues.