Skip to comments.Researchers Discover 28 New Cases of Brain Damage in Deceased Football Players
Posted on 12/03/2012 10:02:10 PM PST by Alaska Wolf
Researchers at Boston University have discovered 28 new cases of chronic brain damage in deceased football players including 15 who played in the NFL more than doubling the number of documented cases connecting football to long-term brain disease.
The NFL players include two Hall of Famers: running back Ollie Matson, who played 14 seasons in the 1950s and 1960s, and Colts tight end John Mackey, who played 10 seasons and once served as the head of the NFL players union. Both died last year after suffering from dementia
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If we can't save football, we at least need to dump soccer as fast as we can to break the chain of one-world domination and enslavement.
Only touch football is ‘safe’.
Professional football is a violent sport; a hitting sport. Anyone who’s played the game knows how high emotions can run during a game.
Strong emotions from some of the most competitive men in sports with big bucks on the line will never result in safety during play.
Sure, minimize the potential damage to the players, but ya gotta let ‘em play.
The war against American tradition and manhood rages on.
How do they know it wasn't a consequence of Onanism?
The advances in protective football headgear just hasn't kept up with the increased speed and weight of the participants and ferocity of the game. I believe there will be significant improvements in helmet construction in the near future.
When I played we were taught not to use our heads as battering rams.
I’ve discovered several HUNDRED cases of brain damage and dementia right here in Washington, D.C. in Congress, the White House, and some of the JCS.
Just listen to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Clyburn, G. Johnson, and Debbie Wasserman Schulz. Then run for the nearest bone cutter.
Frontal lobotamies for all of them, care of Obamacare. Now, that’s a plan I could support.
Those are all genetic or self inflicted.
The NFL is getting more like pro wrestling and NBA.I am losing interest.
Looks like we’ll be watching flag football from now on....
Anyone who has watched a television player interview would not question whether or not there is brain damage in the pro ranks...
Not necessary. Players have to be trained not to use their head and helmet as a weapon.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuits against the NFL will likely win their cases or the NFL will have to settle with the former players.
If and when the case is settled in the former player’s favor, the NFL will be forced to change aspects of the game that pertain to helmet to helmet contact or take even more drastic action.
Also, soldiers have damn good protective gear, or at least I hope so. When they get caught in the blast of an IED or grenade, even if they escape injury from shrapnel, their brains are partially scrambled from the shock wave.
It would take some really amazing technology to absorb enough of the shock from collisions to prevent the brain from sloshing around and being injured.
In our not too distant future we will either be rooting for tiddlywink teams or virtual footballers.
If you think soccer is safe and dumb, you haven’t played it right. American Football players wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a REAL football match.
However, it is a sport played by most countries of the world, most of which are outright or pseudo socialist.
If we're all playing the same sport then there'll be even more calls for us "playing by the same economic or social rules", i.e. becoming more socialist.
The only hope then would be from the ranks of the soccer hooligans.
I'm an overweight wuss so I'd probably do better in a socialist bureaucracy, but I'm still sane enough to prefer anarchy to Kafkaesque futility.
And if there is a better metaphor for Kafkaesque futility than a Nil-Nil soccer match I haven't seen it.
This issue deserves the research and attention it’s getting.
>> American Football players wouldnt last 10 minutes in a REAL football match.
That really doesn’t make any sense.
The NFL (sports) and the military are the last institutions to be attacked by Cultural Marxism... They’ve just about got them conquered.
Ollie started his career prior to face masks. The helmet of the 50's and 60's had little actual padding. It was a plastic shell with a canvas strap web which kept your head from contacting the inside of the helmet. We also played outside on frozen fields.
Yes, this research deserves attention. Sports can cause all sorts of injuries but there is no reason we can’t minimize the worst, and brain injuries, dementia, are surely some of the worst. Penalties for obvious or deliberate blows to the head can be made more severe, and helmets and neck protection can improve as technology makes protective gear better and lighter over the years. In all sports.
We don’t want bubble wrapped tiddly winks players. We want real athleticism and field “combat” but we can certainly use the information to make sports safer and yet retain excitement and risk.
I think we are missing the lead to where this mess is going to head to. All you need is one high school district to take the numbers and deem that high school football cannot be played within a county. Over a year, it’d likely spread to fifty counties throughout the US. Eventually, one state (a no-NFL state) would deem all high school and college football unsafe.
Once you take out the developmental stage of high school and college football....then professional football slides. You can figure that by 2016...one state will have taken football down. By 2025, I don’t anticipate the NFL existing anymore.
Yeah not exactly a good plan you got there
Heading Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Injury
Around 2 in the morning a week or so back they had a program on the Science channel about a material that stunt people used, sounded really good to me. They could use it to line helmets. I wish I could remember the particulars, I know it will be on again, I hope I catch it.
No argument, there, many of the best and brightest (with leadership potential) spend their high school years playing football. The research might lead to better concussion protection for our troops as well.
Has anyone asked the question of whether or not these cases are occurring in pro football players at the same rate as they are occurring in the general population? Furthermore, has anyone asked the case as to whether or not these cases could be linked to the kind of people who gravitate toward football in the first place? Just a thought.
Huge nerf helmets the size of large beachballs are needed.
Headbags that deploy upon impact. Hut! (thwoomp)
If rules change, then that’s no different than rules changes in the past.
Folks act as if football hasn’t ever had rules changes before.
Just rule that hitting anyone, anyplace, any situation must be confined to shoulders and lower.
Is that significantly different than requiring a helmet, a facemask on a helmet, pads, etc.? What about the facemask penalty? We accept it without thinking.
Better science is telling us players brains are turning to jelly. Best to fix it with a simple rule change.
I don't know. Those 'headers" in soccer have been identified as a cause of brain damage, also. They might have to eliminate that part.
Apparently, playing football doesn’t prevent brain damage.
I’m sorry I’m too smart for you.