GQ Article

Michael Silver of GQ Magazine took on the concussion issue in a recent article, getting comments from six different players.  Because I do not want to rip off his great work, I will only be showing some of the highlight quotes. Silver did a great job of offering different points of view on this issue.  As we have stated here, it’s not the injury, especially with the professional players, that is a risk of their profession.  Rather it is how we are handling the management of the injury that needs to be nailed down, both short-term and long-term.

Everyone should read this quick and informational piece HERE and comment away on the blog.

Scott Fujita (recently very outspoken on this issue);

All of us inherently like contact. But when an episode of Real Sports shows one of our predecessors lying in bed, speaking to his incredible wife through his eyelids and a computer, it rips our hearts out.

Matt Birk;

When you’re 21 years old, single, and full of piss and vinegar, you think, “Nothing’s going to happen to me.” Back then I’d have cut off my arm just to play. My view at the time was, if playing for ten years in the league meant I had to walk around with a limp, that’d be a good tradeoff. Now I’m 34 and I have five kids, and my perspective’s changed. A limp is one thing, but if you’re talking about brain trauma, that’s a whole lot scarier.

Hines Ward (very outspoken); Continue reading

National Story on Sports Legacy Institute

Pat Graham penned a story for the AP today about the Sports Legacy Institute and its ongoing contribution to the “concussion crisis” we are facing.

Interviewed in the story were various professional sports athletes, as well as Chris Nowinski the Director of the SLI.  The point of the story was to shed light on the fact the 300+ people are dedicating their “brains” to the research of it all.  Not only will these people donate their brains after a long life, they are undergoing annual testing for data collection.

Ideally, Nowinski said the center would like to sign up 50 athletes from each sport. Most of the volunteers are men, but there are women in the registry including soccer player Cindy Parlow and swimmer Jenny Thompson.

Athletes who are enrolled in the registry take a medical history every year, perform cognitive tests and answer an array of questions, such as if they’ve been dealing with bouts of depression. It’s a way to establish a medical baseline, helping researchers watch for signs of CTE, which can eventually lead to dementia.

“We have no idea how much head trauma is necessary to produce (CTE),” said Dr. Robert Cantu, a clinical professor of neurosurgery and co-founder of the institute. “We just know those who play sports and who have higher amounts of head trauma have a higher incident of it. … This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of studying this problem.”

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