Sorry in advance for the extremely lengthy post, just my attempt at creating some “rigorous debate”. But honestly, what more can the NFL/refs do to prevent concussions?
To say nothing has changed I feel is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the situation. Check out any game from decades past and you’ll see 30 downs where a player gets nearly decapitated and nobody bats an eye. The NFL has come a long way from where they were when it comes to taking steps towards protecting players. Some hits are obviously malicious, but they assess penalties, fines, review plays after the game, and suspend players for weeks if need-be. The pads are as good as they can be, and there are jobs that are dedicated to researching and improving equipment when possible.
We would need to upgrade pads/safety equipment far beyond what we know/ are capable of doing right now, and proposing something like "take pads away" would never be taken seriously. If you ask me, the raise in concussions isn't necessarily about the player/safety relations (players are more informed than ever, causing many to retire early) but rather the increased level of athleticism, power, finesse, and speed at all positions.
Everyone has a "proper" way to tackle until you're faced with a 240 pound monster that runs a 4.4 barreling towards you. Simply put, in the words of Mike Tyson, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. When it’s someone’s job to physically impose their will in order to stop you, these things will happen, and as long as you’re watching, it nullifies the need to take action because they’re still making $$$.
To my knowledge, there has been an emphasis throughout little league, and developmental teams to educate children about concussions from the start which should pay dividends to our up-and-coming athletes that could make it to the NFL. Nonetheless, we’re still years away from seeing something like that pay off. And as I’m sure you’re aware, the NFL has effectively gotten rid of kickoff returns, and could do away with them completely in the near future in the name of player safety.
SO, with all that being said, I present the question again: With this becoming a major concern, what more can be done? Do we allow the NFL to start by taking away kickoffs, and eventually tinker with the game enough to make it almost unrecognizable? Do we allow these hits to continue and just inform athletes that by playing the sport they could possibly be digging their own grave? Do we assess targeting penalties similar to college football? Because some coaches/ upper managment don't always make decisions with a players longevity in mind, I think if someone lobbied for a third party medical staff for teams, rather than one that works on behalf of the team, it could help so that there’s no incentive to rush players back on the field. And as much as some people may disagree, I feel like the NFL is making an effort to protect players (and their wallets since the NFL has been under a barrage of lawsuits from former players) more so than years past, but it is nowhere near where it needs to be. What are your thoughts?
The NFL opener was a good game.
But I'm having trouble enjoying it. Because Cam Newton was hit in the head multiple times in this game.
It wasn't penalized until the last, worst offense.
Newton never missed a single play.
Cam Newton remains in the game after taking blow to the skull: pic.twitter.com/1wDUXWisCG— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 9, 2016
Also don't forget this hit earlier, where the guy jumped to try to hit Cam with his helmet https://t.co/gj20cBK9Wc— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 9, 2016
Penalty yards assessed = how much the NFL actually cares about player safety. https://t.co/YjZAcY0Bxg— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) September 9, 2016
The NFL has a concussion protocol unless it’s an important moment— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 9, 2016
All the talk about head injuries the past few years. Nothing has changed.
Why do I care? I'm not a Panthers or Broncos fan, I prefer college to the NFL, etc.
But I like football. And head injuries are a serious, serious safety issue in the sport. They could be the death of it. They certainly have affected players. The culture of the sport needs to change--leading with the head, the way Broncos players did several times tonight, should never happen.
And guys that get hit that hard should not be in the game. Even if it's a one-point game with two minutes to go.
Nothing has changed.
Notre Dame Wide Receiver Corey
Thompson Robinson has decided to retire from football after three diagnosed concussions in the last year. He would have been their leading receiver.
The article is in the Chicago Tribune . . . not sure whether paywalled, as I subscribe.
"After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue playing football due to multiple concussions," Robinson said in a statement. "I couldn't have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program." Robinson, who could have graduated in the spring, decided to return to school so he could run for student body president. He is believed to be the first football player elected to the office in school history.
Robinson is the son of Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson.
Good luck to the young man. Concussions and CTE are just not something to mess around with.
In only two weeks, we will see a whirlwind of satellite football camps. If I'm counting correctly, there are now 35 or more separate camps Michigan is involved in. Harbaugh has been very upfront about his purpose. He wants to help spread a love for the game of football. He believes that football is a great arena in which to teach many things, from teamwork to hard work to physical exercise to a host of other things. I happen to agree. In fact, I agree to the point that my son is gearing up for summer football, in preparation for the Fall season. While I seriously doubt my son will play in college, he is more than good enough to play in high school, and really enjoys the game.
However, many of you, while fans of Michigan football, would be strongly against letting your own children play football. This question is for you.
How can you justify being a fan of football if you are completely against your child participating in it? This just doesn't make sense to me. I don't mind those who hate football, and I understand that there are many people who for whatever reason, aren't capable of playing ball. But if you are a Michigan football fan, but won't let your kid play ball, help me understand how you reconcile that.
(Note: this question isn't about whether or not football is dangerous, or whether or not there is a threat of CTE or concussion in playing ball. It is solely about being a fan and at the same time being against familial participation in tackle football.)
Some interesting stuff to chew on re: concussions and dementia, plus some Super Bowl trivia and miscellany