View Full Version : Players accept risk of injuries to head

11-15-2009, 10:15 AM
Fewer than a dozen plays into one of his rare starts as John Elways understudy in Denver, Gary Kubiak had the misfortune of getting a too-up-close, too-personal look at the fury of the Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears defense of the mid-1980s.

Dropping back to pass, the Texans coach saw a locomotive named Richard Dent coming at him, unencumbered by a single Broncos blocker. Dent slammed Kubiak into the turf, bouncing his helmeted head off the ground. Sack for the defensive end, night in the hospital for the quarterback.

I had no lasting damage, Kubiak said of his only known concussion. Some people might think I have, but Im not aware of any.

Ask a football player about his fear of losing his faculties as a result of the violent game, and you get lots of gallows humor. Everybody has a story about a bell-ringing, received or administered. Its a fact of life for these guys. And in most cases, apparently no harm is done. The lights come back on, and they return to the fray.

At least initially. More evidence shows that every head-on collision, even the myriad small ones a player has over the course of a career, are tantamount to banging ones head on the windshield in automobile accidents and might cumulatively be doing irreversible damage, causing a condition that has come to be called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

More ominously, some doctors believe the problem becomes acutely worse when performance-enhancing drug use is involved, although making an air-tight connection has been difficult, especially when the brain-damaged players are no longer with us.


11-15-2009, 12:40 PM
Football fans are so uncivilized. :crying::secret::rolleyes:

11-15-2009, 01:34 PM
I had no lasting damage, Kubiak said of his only known concussion. Some people might think I have, but Im not aware of any.

Then call the goddamn time out at the goalline!!!!


11-15-2009, 03:33 PM
Football fans are so uncivilized. :crying::secret::rolleyes:

No, they're just uneducated and dumb. A perfect combo.:roast:

11-15-2009, 03:38 PM
A lot of these players are brain-damaged going in so I don't really know how much a difference can be found.

11-15-2009, 04:01 PM
I see a lot of traumatic head injuries on my trauma service at Hermann. It's amazing to me that people function after motorcycle accidents etc. Many of those people don't do very well and end up as severely impaired. It's surprising to me that people are noticing this now instead of 30 years ago. The real problem is that we as physicians don't have a good evidence based algorithm to decide what to do with people. We don't have medicine or surgery that can fix head injuries other than rest and no one knows how long it takes to "walk it off" or who is going to get repeated problems. It'll be interesting to see guys like Aikman and Young and Romanowski who had several concussions in 20 years to see what their brains looks like on a head CT.