Matt Chaney is a writer, editor, teacher and restaurant worker living in Missouri, USA. His 2001 graduate thesis study for an MA degree at the University of Central Missouri was qualitative media analysis of 466 football reports, historical print coverage of anabolic steroids and HGH in American football, largely based on electronic search among thousands of news texts from the 1970s through 1999. For more information, including contact numbers and his 2009 book, Spiral of Denial: Muscle Doping in American Football, visit the homepage at www.fourwallspublishing.com.
Matt Chaney has taken it upon himself to find information about catastrophic injuries associated with American football. Chaney is a former college football player that has become concerned with the relative “under-reporting” of catastrophic injuries in football. This official task has primarily been up to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, University of North Carolina. The NCCSIR provides the catastrophic injury rates for sports, painting a picture of “worst case” injuries.
What Chaney has discovered in his electronic survey for 2011 is 220 cases of football catastrophic injuries, 194 survivor cases and 26 deaths. For comparison in 2009 and 2010 the NCCSIR reported 44 and 24 survivor cases, where Chaney found 165 survivor cases for those two years.
Chaney does not hold his information as medical record, rather an electronic search that fit the guidelines of catastrophic injury surveillance. Here is an excerpt from his post (for an annotated case by case and the full article click HERE);
Last fall in Oklahoma, athletic trainer Dan Dodson saw the horrific side of tackle football become manifest.
Grave injury struck down three teen players under Dodson’s watch, leaving one dead, from one team.
In a span of barely three weeks, Edmond North High School became site of perhaps the worst cluster of acute casualties in known history of American football. Continue reading