Following up on Part 1 and Part 2 of Matt Chaney, “pseudo-contributor”, looks at both “reform” and “research studies” as they relate to the NFL. Chaney, although very outspoken on the matter has some very valid points, all worth just thinking about, at the very least. His sources are some of the best and his writing is exceptional.
In Part 3 titled “Football Brain Trauma Can Twist Personality, Spur Violence“, he takes a look at how changes in mood and overall “being” are being avoided; with such strong words/connotations of “mental disease”, “depression”, “suicide”;
Doctors and medical researchers have long agreed boxing can cause brain damage in athletes and lead to personality disorders and outbursts, through repetitive impacts both concussive and sub-concussive.
A 1973 study on postmortem evidence of 15 ex-pro boxers who suffered “punch-drunk syndrome” documented their “violent behavior and rage reaction” through interviews of relatives. Several of the boxers died in psychiatric wards.
Decades earlier, boxers who became demented and deranged were known as “slug nutty,” according to a 1928 report by Dr. Harrison Martland.
Meanwhile, yet today, the NFL and loyalist experts loathe admitting that tackle football even causes long-term impairment, much less off-field violence by players and chaos for families.
In his latest, Part 4 titled “Research of NFL Brain Trauma Sputters Along“, he takes a look at the research involved, mainly longitudinal efforts, or lack there of. Granted there could be a cover-up of sorts from the NFL and its ilk, but really time has not allowed for a lot of the in-depth research needed at this time. Regardless, Chaney again strikes many chords with this offering;
These days the NFL talks good game about addressing and managing brain injury in players, for its official feeds to pliant popular press. Meanwhile, the league’s historical, ongoing actions and low-profile rhetoric tell the subtle, same old truth.
The NFL still doesn’t want to know much about brain trauma and lasting damage, especially among living players, in real time.
League and union officials claim 17 years of research into cerebral trauma and degeneration, but questions of longstanding urgency remain unaddressed, particularly for risk and outcome in living players.
Information leading to or confirming system culpability for brain damage in individuals is somehow avoided, as always.