Zurich 2008 & NFL

Yesterday during the games I tweeted a couple of times eluding to the Zurich 2008 Statement on Sports Concussions.  I use this as the current benchmark, because it is exactly that, CURRENT.  Granted some people have expanded on Zurich, now a three-year old consensus statement – for example our protocol now adds a step between current 1 and 2 for return to play.

However, the Zurich Statement is the best we have.  Arising from a group of international scientists it provides the best start in this ever-changing arena.  In 2006 from Prague the group took out grading and the term “mild” from the concussion arena.  In 2008 the group provided what most wanted to know a return to play guideline.

How does this all relate to the NFL?  If you look at the statement closely you will find that there is an actual section that deals with entities like the NFL and return to play on the same day.  It does not use the NFL specifically but looking at the section it is pretty logical to think that is what is meant (bolded is my emphasis); Continue reading

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Tuesday Quick Hits

A quick buzz around the net on a Tuesday morning.

NHL handing out suspensions and fines like candy for illegal hits;

In the pre-season, hardly a day went by without a new video. Most players applauded the crackdown but others worried it may turn NHL hockey into no-hit shinny.

Nine players have been slapped with 31 regular season games worth of suspensions for incidents in exhibition games. Together, they will forfeit more than US$701,000 in salary.

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NFL to create a better study;

The N.F.L’s first attempt at a long-range study on the effects of concussions was riddled with problems from the manner in which data was collected to conflicts of interest for those overseeing it. After criticism from outside experts and even members of Congress, the study was shut down by the league in late 2009.

The previous study run by Ira Carson, MD was a joke from the beginning and this one seems to much more transparent and studying the correct people.  Initial reports have the study examining upwards of 1,400 individuals in three groups: former NFL’ers, college football players not playing in the NFL, and a control group.  The official presentation to Commissioner Goodell has yet to occur but is going to happen soon.

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Crosby officially out; Continue reading