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Archive: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Undetectable damage

For every concussion diagnosed, further undetected brain damage is likely done. The NFL must enforce suspensions to discourage head hunting and the use of helmets as weapons by defensive players.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | October 19, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Use your head?

The NFL must set its policy on helmet-to-helmet hits with consideration to all lower levels of football where players are taught to emulate the physical play of professional stars.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | October 19, 2010; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Changing a defender's mindset

Rodney and James Harrison made it clear that some defenders are looking to hurt players with every hit. The only way to change that mentality is to actually enforce ejections and suspensions.

By Joe Baker | October 19, 2010; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

What should the NFL do to reduce helmet-to-helmet hits?

What should the NFL do to limit the helmet-to-helmet hits that so often cause concussions and other serious injuries?

By Reader Poll | October 19, 2010; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Waiting on technology to catch up

Players are instructed and encouraged to make big hits, and a fine likely won't discourage them from doing so.

By Anthony Stalter | October 19, 2010; 12:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

More to be done

The NFL is paying greater attention to the serious health risks of concussions, but a simple rule change without more medical restrictions on a player's ability to return to the field following a concussion won't cut it.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | October 19, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Head to head combat

The NFL is taking head injuries seriously and game suspensions should help limit helmet-to-helmet hits, but re-teaching tackling techniques to better protect players may be worth exploring as well.

By Dawn Knight | October 19, 2010; 12:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

A violent, dangerous game

Football is a violent and dangerous game, and at some point there's not much else the NFL can do to prevent head injuries.

By Jason Brewer | October 19, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Teaching "toughness"

Football players are taught from a young age that the game is about punishing and intimidating your opponent. Until that fundamental teaching changes, no amount of punishment will reverse the trend of dangerous hits to the head.

By Dave Goldberg | October 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
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