A violent, dangerous game
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There's no doubt that it seems like we're hearing about more guys suffering concussions than ever. However, I suspect that the rate of concussions hasn't really increased, just the actual diagnosis and reporting of them. Ten to 15 years ago if a guy was having headaches after a game, that was just life in the NFL... Today, we know it's a serious symptom of a concussion which could have severe long term effects.
As for what could be done to curb helmet to helmet hits? I really don't see what else the NFL can do. Sure, there's old joke that everyone makes that they should play without helmets, but obviously that's not realistic. Fact is, they've made the hits illegal and discourage them with fines, suspensions, and penalties. Helmet technology continues to improve... What else can be done?
It's a fantasy to think that a guy is ever going to be safe playing in the NFL. There simply is no way to make a game with 300 pound guys running at full speed trying to tackle one another safe. By nature it is a violent and dangerous game. The NFL should continue to be strict with its enforcement of the rules, it should continue investing in concussion research and it should always be looking to improve helmet technology... but beyond that, I don't see anything that can be done. This is what football is, for better or worse.
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Posted by: ArmchairGM | October 19, 2010 3:19 AM
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