Thinking macho can be dangerous
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#1 Jun 24, 2007
The N.E. Patriots dentist has developed an evauation procedure which determines suceptability and a course of corrective action. It is undeniably the only tangable procedure known to the NFL as and effective means to reduce concussion. It has been around for more than twenty years, the negligence involved in its introduction may be what is keeping Rodger Goodell from welcoming it with open arms. The "concussion committee" had promised to study it, Upshaw and committee members rejected the meager study grant six months ago. A congressional subcommittee on this public health emergency may be the only way for the league to mandate the procedure. How is it one team has access to a proven preventitive advantage, the Pats have the lowest concussion rate in the NFL, and the league is acting blind to it. The catch 22 is to acknowledge its existence will imply negligence in the concussion committee's shelving of the idea five years ago. A class action suit could decimate the league pension fund. There will be many more Wayne Crebet' in the near future if this is not mandated. The public is the one paying for this injustice. www.mahercor.com
#2 Jun 24, 2007
The concussion injury problem in football, sadly, continues to defy logic. The problem isn't only in establishing new rules (while helpful) but Where is the technology of redesigning the equipment - i.e. the Football helmet and pads? Why can't a helmet and pad system be designed to absorb the hit and schock better? The players are NOT going to play less intense. It is their Job and the right way to play the game - to hit hard- so lets spend some of that Millions of dollars the NFL and the NCAA is making on foot ball to develop equipment that will eliminate teh concussion? Why can't this be done? There is no good reason.
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