Violent NFL Hits Renews Concerns About Head Trauma

Published by: dallaseste on 20th Oct 2010 | View all blogs by dallaseste


Violent NFL Hits Renews Concerns About Head Trauma

A number of violent head-to-head collisions in the NFL last weekend prompted league officials to hand out fines of $50,000 to $75,000 to three of its players on Wednesday.  Critics had criticized the league in the past for being too lax with dangerous head injuries, prompting officials to appoint a new medical committee last off-season whose members vowed to change the culture earlier this year.

After several players suffered serious injuries in head-to-head collisions over the weekend, the NFL announced on Tuesday that they would be more vigilant in suspending and/or fining players for flagrant hits.  The problem doesn't just exist on the pro level, either; as Eric LeGrand, a defensive end for Rutgers, suffered a neck injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down on Saturday while tackling an Army player during a kickoff return.

The concern, in addition to concussions, is that repeated jarring blows to the head could cause an accumulation of damage over the years without players showing symptoms of a concussion.  Autopsies of former football players have led to the discovery of a brain condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which leads to a variety of neurobehavioral disorders.

The neurobehavioral symptoms of the brain are quite complex.  In September, a 21 year-old football player who committed suicide, it was discovered afterward, had CTE.  And former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry, who died from falling from the bed of a moving truck while fighting with his fiancee, was believed to have played with the condition.  His passing is considered a tragic end to a life plagued with bizarre behavioral problems.

Comments

0 Comments

     
Please login or sign up to post on this network.
Click here to sign up now.

Latest DT's

  • View DT's
    Here's a great bio that Full in Bloom did for the band Possessedhttp://fullinbloommusic.com/biography-possessed.html View DT's
    3 years ago by Geno
  • View DT's
    Rated: PG-13 In Theaters: January 24th Director: Stuart Beattie Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne ... View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: PG-13 In Theaters: January 10th Director: Renny Harlin Starring: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: R In Theaters: December 4th Director: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam ... View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: PG-13 In Theaters: December 13th Director: Peter Jackson Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard ... View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: R In Theaters: January 3rd Director: Gregory Plotkin Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: TBD In Theaters: February 7th Director: George Clooney Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate ... View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: PG-13 In Theaters: January 17th Director: Tim Story Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce ... View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste
  • View DT's
    Rated: R In Theaters: January 17th Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett Starring: Allison Miller, Zach ... View DT's
    3 years ago by dallaseste

Top Authors

Subscribe