Tag:Head injuries
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:27 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

I'm all for the NFL's recent movement to help cut down on concussion-related problems for players.

But two things come to mind: Don't players understand when they decide to play football that this is part of the game? It's like a crab fisherman understanding the perils of the Bering Sea.

I wonder how many players who had concussion troubles would give up what they had during their NFL careers. I bet it's not as high as you think.

If the NFL really wants to cut down on concussion problems, it should improve the helmet, making it safer, or go even go one step further.

Take off the facemasks. If players didn't have facemasks, they wouldn't lead with the head as much as they do.

There might be more facial cuts and stuff like that, but it would cut down on the concussions.

I think a lot of the concussions are the result of players trying to make that highlight-game hit. It has hurt tackling, but it also has made for more head injuries. Without a facemask, it wouldn't be as big a problem.

That might sound crazy. But it makes sense.

On Wednesday, the league sent out a memo to all 32 teams stating that a player who gets a concussion should not return to action on the same day if he shows certain signs or symptoms, such as dizziness and memory loss.

That's smart. Too many times players will push to play. And unlike a broken leg or arm, you can't see a concussion, which leads to questions about toughness and a desire to play.

This will help with that. But it won't cut down on the numbers.

Only safer helmets or even taking the facemasks off will do that.



Category: NFL
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