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THE QUESTION

Are concussed players returning too soon?

Should the NFL further regulate a player's ability to return to game action following multiple concussions in a season? How should the league act to protect its players and what hand should the NFL Players Association have in the matter?

Posted by Matt Brooks on December 21, 2010 10:56 AM
FROM THE PANEL

When will they ever learn?

The NFL still does not know how long a player should sit out after a concussion and the league should continue to research concussions and prevent players from returning to the field too soon.

Posted by Leonard Shapiro, on December 22, 2010 10:02 AM

Using the evidence

New research on the effects of multiple concussions could help force the NFL to mandate longer rest periods to protect their players from absorbing more punishment.

Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on December 21, 2010 7:01 PM

Three strikes and you're out

NFL players who suffer three concussions in one season should without a doubt be shut down for the rest of the year to prevent further injury.

Posted by Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne, on December 21, 2010 2:34 PM

Terrible uncertainties

Our best hope is for advances in the research on head trauma that will clarify football's risks -- but in the interim, fans must continue to push concussion awareness and treatment to the forefront of the NFL's consciousness.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on December 21, 2010 12:09 PM

Who's responsible?

Only when every player on the field realizes that concussions are injuries and plays the game that way will we finally see a reduction in these injuries.

Posted by Dr. Mark Adickes, on December 21, 2010 11:29 AM

Can't rush recovery

Bringing players back to NFL action following a concussion must be a careful, deliberate and tempered process. Rushing a player like Austin Collie back too soon could result in permanent brain damage and an early ending to a career.

Posted by Dawn Knight, on December 21, 2010 11:16 AM

It's the helmets!

The technology that has created more protective helmets for NFL players has simultaneously created more powerful, dangerous weapons to damage the heads and health of other players.

Posted by Michael Kun, on December 21, 2010 11:01 AM

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