Concussions Bigger than Steroids?

Matt Chaney is a journalist, editor, teacher and publisher, and he too has a blog that is just getting up and going.  However, Chaney has published a book titled Spiral of Denial; Muscle Doping in American Football, so he is not new to finding and presenting good information.

Chaney sent me an email today alerting me to his most recent piece, and it is a good one;

By Matt Chaney

As a foremost authority on sport doping, Pennsylvania epidemiologist Charles E. Yesalis identifies a public health problem of longstanding: athletes’ use of anabolic steroids, stimulants and more drugs that permeate amateur and pro ranks.

But Yesalis, professor emeritus of health policy at Penn State, sees a larger issue rearing now, brain trauma, to threaten all contact sports and particularly American football.

“This is going to eclipse the drug problem, and it probably already has,” Yesalis said in a recent telephone interview. “I think the whole drug issue is passé, to some extent. You don’t see any protests at moment about drugs in sports. … Steroid fatigue is all over the place, and I think people have just accepted it, deciding to go along.”

“But I really think that tackle football is in trouble (for concussions),” Yesalis continued. “Football is clearly the No.1 game in American sports, and it does not look good from an epidemiological standpoint.”

You can read more on this by clicking HERE.

In the entire post you will see how the Nathan Stiles case was viewed by Dr. Robert Cantu, a renowned neurologist of Boston University and the Sports Legacy Institute.  Cantu does not completely believe the medical examiners report of an undiagnosed or missed subdural hematoma.

Thank you for the email and story Matt!

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