Players and Owner Perspectives on Concussions in the NFL

Time in the summer has seemingly been slipping away from me fast.  Honestly, most of the traffic ’round here tails off in June, July and August.  However I do feel an obligation to make sure y’all keep informed.  Today here are some links from the past few days;

Priest Holmes explains that some of the concussions caused some weird side-effects/symptoms;

In some instances, the concussed can feel very much like he’s on another planet. The sky itself can change to colors the sky shouldn’t be at a particular time.

“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes told Chris Corbellini. “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”[…]

“As much as I loved it [football], that same love now has put me in situations that I have to live with,” he said.”The frontal headaches, the migraines. Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that that you never would have really thought about.”

Accepted risk by Holmes, no doubt, however not grasping the long-term effects and really just wanting to play a sport he loved has put him in a position that makes it tough.  In related news Stephen Davis, also a former running back, recently made statements about concussions in his time as a player; Continue reading

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Editorial: NFL Kickoff Removal/Concussions

If you have noticed the sports news cycle you certainly have heard about John Mara and his comments regarding the possible removal of the kickoff in the NFL to protect against injuries, concussions as the main reason.  Mara used the oft cited decline in concussions with the rule change from last year.

Granted the forces changed but also as I stated in my previous post about the decline, reducing the exposure will reduce the incidence.  It would be like taking driving privileges from 16 year old’s and allowing them to drive at 16 1/2.  The number of accidents and fatalities will drop.  It should be noted that in our data collection of concussions we found only two concussions due to kickoffs, the previous season we found six.  Hardly a monumental decrease, but none-the-less a decrease and if they wanted to reduce the chances they did do that.

I am pro-football; with the proper precautions put in place (see athletic trainers and education).  I am even more pro professional football as it is played by adults that should now have all the relevant information regarding player safety.  Continue reading