“Back in January 2010, two NCAA staffers exchanged a series of emails mocking the concussion safety efforts of David Klossner, the organization’s director of health and safety.
“Dave is hot/heavy on the concussion stuff,” wrote Ty Halpin, the director of playing rules administration. “He’s been trying to force our rules committees to put in rules that are not good — I think I’ve finally convinced him to calm down.”
“He reminds me of a cartoon character,” responded Nicole Bracken, the associate director of research.
“”HA! I think you’re right about that!” Halpin wrote.”
- 2012 Less than five years after retiring from a widely-respected football career, former NFL linebacker Junior Seau used an unidentified firearm to take his own life. In the absence of a note explaining any motive, many have blamed Seau’s May 2012 suicide on the brain disease discovered during the athlete’s autopsy.
- 2013 Junior Seau’s family has announced that they will become the newest plaintiffs to file a lawsuit against the NFL. Acknowledging that no settlement will bring back their lost relative, Seau’s family says they hope the ensuing legal battle will “send a message that the NFL needs to care for its former players, acknowledge its decades of deception on the issue of head injuries and player safety, and make the game safer for future generations.” source
Someone who incurs another brain injury while experiencing symptoms of an initial one is at higher risk of a protracted recovery, said Dr. Robert Cantu, a co-director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and a leading specialist in the area of sports-related concussions.
That is why athletes must be symptom-free before returning to play. Justin Morneau tried taking batting practice last August and again in October before backing off.
“If there wasn’t anything, I’d be playing already,” Morneau said. “There is still some stuff that pops up every once in a while, but it’s not as often now. I take a nap, and usually when I wake up, everything’s good. I’ve had more good days than bad days. It’s really encouraging.”
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If they care so much about our safety, why don’t they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they’re so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you’re going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don’t give a fuck about concussions. And now they want to add on two extra games? Are you kidding? Come on, let’s be real. Now that these new guidelines are in place, you’ll see more and more guys lying to doctors to stay on the field. Contracts aren’t guaranteed. If a guy’s contract is coming up and he gets his bell rung—and if he has a concussion, he’ll have to leave the game and maybe miss another one—trust me, he ain’t tellin’ nobody. Look at [49ers running back] Brian Westbrook. He was an elite player who had concussion issues, and he struggled to find work after the Eagles cut him. Guys saw that. I’m telling you, if you’re a guy on the bubble or playing for your next contract, you’re going out there and jeopardizing your life to get that payday.
If you’re a football fan, here’s your must-read of the day: GQ correspondent (and Yahoo! Sports reporter) Michael Silver’s startlingly candid interviews with big-name NFL veterans about what the guys on the field really think about the player-safety debate. Also featured: Scott Fujita, Lawyer Milloy, Larry Fitzgerald, Lofa Tatupu and Matt Birk.