Superbowl 2018: The NFL, concussions, and CTE, explained – Vox

Feb 2, 2018

Superbowl 2018: The NFL, concussions, and CTE, explained – Vox

10 hours ago – Football isn’t just a contact sport, it’s a dangerous game based on massive bodies colliding into one another. And while it may seem obvious that this sport can do extraordinary damage to brains and bodies, it’s taken a shockingly long time for the NFL, the medical community, and footballfans to fully reckon .

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  1. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    February 3rd, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    The notion of “safer football” is an oxymoron.

    Documented evidence over multiple centuries has clearly revealed football participation is dangerous for an individual’s physical & emotional well-being & health…and thus dangerous to a person’s brain.

    The sports culture in the U.S. often idealizes sport participation and therefore uncritically accepts various and numerous types of sports injuries as part of the game whether the injury is a sprained ankle, broken leg or a damaged brain.

    In doing so, we tend to ignore the significant inherent short-term and long-term risks of participation in an aggressive and violently played game –football !!

    This same sports culture has also normalized injuries to the point where those suffered injuries are not often critically challenged. Thus, we’ve historically allowed concussions/brain injuries to be more readily accepted as just another injury.

    What seems to have become lost is that participation in sports supposedly promotes physical health.

    If this assumption of promoting health is true, why do sports produce so many injuries? Moreover, why is there the growing need for athletic trainers and the other sports-medicine clinicians to address and manage the multitude of injuries occurring in sports?

    Furthermore, why do people clamor for ambulances to be readily accessible during a football contest? Why are brain-related baseline screenings recommended for athletes whom participate in football? These demands clearly raise serious Red Flags re placing an individual’s body and brain ” In harm’s Way” via partaking in football !!

    Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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