The League

THE QUESTION

Can the NFL Do More To Prevent Concussions?

In the face of increasing evidence of both the psychological and physical damage caused by head trauma, should the NFL be doing more to protect players, and if so what?

Posted by Emil Steiner on June 10, 2009 6:46 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Depressing Conclusions

While it is accepted that cognitive and mood changes can result from head trauma, there is still great uncertainty within the medical field about how to define brain injury and even greater about how to treat it.

Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on June 10, 2009 12:49 PM

The NFL Ignored Us

Just as the tobacco companies fought like hell to deny links to cancer; the NFL is desperately, and corruptly, trying to deny liability for the carnage left behind by decades of head injuries.

Posted by Brent Boyd, on June 10, 2009 10:06 AM

We Didn't Know Any Better

In the 70's and 80's coaches didn't know any better -- players would get knocked out in the first quarter and be playing in the second.

Posted by Dick Vermeil, on June 10, 2009 10:03 AM

Study Film, Damage Brain?

The league makes concussed players leave the field, but could studying tape the next day be just as dangerous?

Posted by Mackie Shilstone, on June 10, 2009 9:47 AM

Never Safe Enough

The NFL is doing what they need to do, but need to keep doing it, even after players retire.

Posted by Keenan McCardell, on June 10, 2009 9:30 AM

Teams Keep Quiet When Players Have Their Bell Rung

The NFL has done a dismal job of identifying and treating one of the major post concussive symptoms, depression.

Posted by Dr. A. Brion Gardner, on June 10, 2009 9:06 AM

More Needs to Be Done

It is time for the football, from Pop Warner to the NFL, to make significant and drastic advances in the handling of concussions.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on June 10, 2009 8:33 AM

Very Little Has Changed

Concussions need to be handled by an independent physician in as objective a manner as possible rather than a conflicted team staff.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on June 10, 2009 8:12 AM

Teach Your Children Well

A parent coaching football is no different than a parent coaching swimming.

Posted by Dan Levy, on June 10, 2009 7:40 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

LegallyMurphy: Football players are gladiators. They know damn well what they are getting into. Should they be protected? Sure. But let's not pusify the ga...

delOH: Put a dress on the QB, and make the game two hand touch. Is that what you want? Football is a tough game. Concussions and football, hockey, ...

brianc10: NFL and College football players should be required to wrap on every tackle to reduce concussions. They need to learn how to tackle with th...

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