Thrills and Chills

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

Football is the first cousin to religion in some places. It’s Saturday and Sunday. It’s rivalries that may divide homes. It’s also a violent sport–car crashes until the final seconds tick off the clock. On Sunday Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook suffered his second concussion in less than a month. Westbrook is rumored by Yahoo Sports to be done for the year. Westbrook is 30. Click here to read more on Westbrook.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before Congress in late October about the NFL’s stance on whether the league is taking proper preventative measures to reduce players’ risks for head injuries. According to a Sports Illustrated article, “NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not acknowledge a connection between head injuries on the football field and later brain diseases while defending the league’s policies on concussions before Congress.” In January of this year, former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson interviewed with CNN and revealed that he has suffered more than a 100 concussions in his career. The Center for Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine (CSTE) is now conducting posthumous tests of former football players to examine whether there’s a connection between head injuries and permanent brain damage. To read more about the study’s findings, click here.

With hits coming harder, faster, and from virtually any angle, the NFL and all of football must come up with a way to prevent the impact these injuries have on athletes after their football careers. The chills and thrills are what we want. We give the oohs and ahhs, yet they do come at a high price.


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