Claiming Ignorance No Longer Allowed for Parents says Doctor

Thanks to the good – and tireless – work of Matt Chaney I get sent plenty of emails about the happenings on the concussion front from a media perspective (stories and whatnot).  A lot of them have vast information, but for a while I thought they were all reaches and looking to “grab the headline” to get readers.  Sure, there have been plenty I have posted on here, but what is becoming concerning is the amount of pubs I get, not only from Chaney, but others that are starting to tell the story of major issues.

We all know and should have known that concussions were going to be a concern for all sports, but the tide is shifting against the most popular sport we have in ‘Merica.  It is a fundamental problem we must wrap our collective heads around if we want to enjoy football and all sports for that matter.

One such article that caught my attention is centered around parents no longer having the ability to be naive about the sports we and our kids play.  With all the information out there parents no longer have the ability to claim ignorance about concussions;

Dr. Joseph Ciacci loves football, but he fears it. He can’t get enough of the game he prevents his son from playing.

He is in the business of repairing brains. He has seen too much to maintain neutrality.

“The more you know about the issue, the more you think about the issue, the less inclined you are to take a chance,” the UCSD neurosurgeon said. “Because you can’t claim ignorance.”

It’s one thing, Ciacci says, to enter a mine field inadvertently, but quite another to do so when you recognize the risks. Ciacci has had an intimate understanding of those risks since 1977, when his own football career ended with a severe spine injury sustained while covering a high school kickoff.

Amid an avalanche of disturbing new data and harrowing case histories, Ciacci is trying to steer his older son toward water polo.

When you read the above article note how Tim Sullivan did excellent work by interviewing the family in 2011 and 2012 about the same subject.  Although this story is from May, it gives good perspective about the thoughts many of us are dealing with.

Former NFL Players Glad For Concussion Attention

If somebody from the other team had the football — or better yet, was about to catch it — McCoy’s own cerebellum told him to drive his helmet right through the poor fellow.Now, McCoy can’t drive home, can’t trust himself behind the steering wheel. Just staying between the white lines got too difficult. The blur was in his head.

Mike McCoy played for the Green Bay Packers and is currently 55 years old.  McCoy learned of his dementia issues three years ago at age 52 and has caught the attention of a fellow NFL alum, Willie Buchanon;

“Once you get away from the game, you realize, those little nicks and hiccups become a little more dramatic.”

Far more dramatic in some than others. A product of Oceanside High and San Diego State who closed out his career with the Chargers, Buchanon has kept close tabs on McCoy since they played in the same Green Bay secondary, and he’s seen the steady decline in his friend’s mental state.

Buchanon has also been deeply involved in the concussion issue as a by-product of being on the California State Athletic Commission.  The sport of boxing is commissioned by most State Athletic Associations and in order to box/base in each state there are rules regarding safety and injury.  One such rule deals with being knocked out in boxing;

“A football player getting a concussion is the same thing as a boxer getting knocked out,” Buchanon said. “In boxing, you couldn’t get back into the ring to even spar for 30 days. In the NFL, in our day, we turned around and played the next week.”

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