Link – Redskins Linebacker Says His Eyes Don’t Work Because of a Concussion


Then again, if a concussion is a brain injuring, why wouldn’t things like your eyesight be permanently disrupted by damage caused to the nerve receptors in your brain?

The more we learn about the damage done by concussions, the more we have to start wondering about the future of contact sports.

Link – High school teams in Washington are forfeiting rather than play school with NFL-sized talent

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“With the latest opponent forfeiture, this one coming Wednesday by Granite Falls High, the Wildcats will move to 6-0, with their last three victories occurring without even having to play a down.

The reason? The Wildcats are just too huge.

Archbishop Murphy has six players who weight at least 250 pounds and three who weigh at least 300 pounds, according to CBS News.”

With what we are learning bout head injuries and the long-term effects of concussions, would you let your 5 foot 6 inch, 120 pound freshman be on the same field with, and getting hit by, a 300-pound 18 year old man? I think there’s a legitimate safety issue there, and apparently so do a lot of other people.

Where does the future of football stand if a lot more parents start pulling their kids from getting hit by bigger kids like this? I guess we’re about to find out.

Link – A career built on fighting takes its toll on a former enforcer

“Robert Frid fought hundreds of times over three years of junior hockey and eight seasons in the lower minor leagues. He’s had at least 75 concussions and been knocked unconscious many times. Declared permanently disabled in his 30s, Frid, now 41, doesn’t think he has much time left “

The story is sad, but as I read it I began to question some things. Think about the arguments for fighting that we typically hear from the Don Cherry’s of the world.

1. The players make their own decisions and know the risks.
2. Players get paid to play a game, if they get hurt, again, they decided it was worth the risk.

If you want to make those arguments (there are others, admittedly) then can we discuss the reality of life in Junior and low minor-league hockey.

Why would we allow, even encourage, fighting, in Juniors, when some of these kids are not even legally allowed to vote. Do we really think they are making their own, informed, decisions about fighting?

Guys in lower-level minor leagues get “paid” in name only, really. I used to live in an ECHL city. There were regular “cute” stories about how the players lived 3 to an apartment, worked during the offseason, etc. because they made a couple hundred bucks per week during the season, and nothing in the Summer. When you’re in that level of hockey, you are subsisting on love of the game, and the hope of getting a call up and maybe making some real money. If you were truly talented enough to be in that position, you’d probably be there. The quickest way to get a call up, is to be an enforcer. It’s also the quickest way to become a fan favorite and prevent the local team from dropping you.

Guys like Robert Frid did what they had to, what they were asked to do by people who could make his hockey life disappear if he didn’t do what they told him to, starting when he was a minor. Now he’s barely hanging on to life.

Say what you want about AHL/NHL fighting, but in juniors there’s no way it makes any sense to have the levels of fighting that we currently do. Knowing what we know about concussions and CTE, how can we let kids who have not even fully developed beat the hell out of each other?

A career built on fighting takes its toll on a former enforcer

Reading – 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for CTE According to PBS Report

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96% of NFL players studied post mortem had CTE, 79% of people who played football at any level tested as having it as well.

This is bad for football. Those kinds of percentages really shouldn’t be ignored, though some will point out that only people who agreed to have their brains studied after their death were part of the study, which would skew towards players who were already experiencing symptoms. That is true, but the numbers really seem to indicate that it’s not rare anyway you look at it.

87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for CTE According to PBS Report

Even Mild Concussions Can be a Problem

According to a recent study, parents should be concerned about even mild concussions.

Initially, those with concussions had thinking and memory test scores that were 25 percent lower than those in healthy people. One year after injury, however, while the scores for those with and without concussions were similar, those who had had brain injuries still had evidence of brain damage on imaging tests, with clear signs of continued disruption to key brain cells.

It sure seems like the more we learn about concussions, the worse it gets. I can’t help but wonder what that’ll do for participation rates in some sports for kids. On the other hand, kids can get a mild concussion from a lot of non-sport activities too!

Apopka quarterback Darlington airlifted off field with head injury

Apopka quarterback Darlington airlifted off field with head injury