Paying the Price

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  1. brewhaus

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    I found this to be very sobering. Andre Waters depression, which lead ultimately to his death could possibly be connected with head trama suffered from years of playing the game of professional football.

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    The forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu of the University of Pittsburgh, told The Times that the condition of Waters' brain tissue was what would be expected in an 85-year-old man, and there were characteristics of someone being in the early stages of Alzheimer's. The doctor said he believes the brain damage had come from or had been quickened by successive concussions.

    This is certainly a case that the NFL should review and I would be interested to see if any sort of study is funded by the league to see if other former players are faced with the same physical/mental difficulties as Waters. I am not too sure there is much that can be done to prevent this but it is an eye opener and something that hopefully would be diagnosed and treated.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2734941
     
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?id=2760591&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab2pos2

    Bret Boyd......Ted Johnson........I have a feeling there will be more. The unfortunate part of the story is that the NFL doesn't seem to be doing much to provide any sort of assistance for these people.

    The question on my mind is "Should the league be responsible?" Insurance is the responsibility of individuals in every other aspect of life. Why should players and ex-players not be responsible for providing their own insurance? Does the crippling affect of depression omit them from being responsible for being prepared to deal with the long term health issues caused by their line of work or taking care of themselves after their career has ended?
    I posted this some time ago and I felt it was a worthy topic for discussion at the time. There are some social implications here that involve this game we all love to watch, argue about and talk about. In light of the recent exposure about the topic of depression in former football players and it's direct link to the game, does anyone have a take on the situation they want to throw out?
     
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2782445

    So, no one has acknowledged the implications of the serious head injury and how it will ultimately affect the NFL. It WILL affect the NFL. This is the age of responsible action, and responsible action is what will be expected of the NFL. It's all about accountability. This is something that won't be swept under the rug any more.

    Any one care to comment at this point? Is it an issue? Is it just the way it is?
    Anything?
     
  5. Stros5Texans80

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    I thought Peyton was wearing one of those kinds of helmets that are supposed to help protect players from more concussions....
     
  6. brewhaus

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    I doubt that concussions can be stopped in this sport. By nature it is a collision sport.
    What I wonder is, at what point will the league "tell" a player, "You can no longer participate in this league due to the injury you have, it is no longer safe for you to risk further injury".
     
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    Just make the helmets really big and thick. We can have fun laughing at all the goofy-looking players.
     
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  9. CoachJim

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    He wears a "Revolution" helmet & they are not anywhere near concussion proof ... in our little league (TIFI), Deer Park Rams players had these helmets & one child just this past season suffered a concussion, taking an unfortunate helmet-to-helmet hit.
     
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    Mark Kelso used to play for the Buffalo Bills. He had a shell over his helmet to protect from further concussions and he still knocked the snot out of people. Didn't slow him down or make him any less of a threat.
     
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    concussions are part of the game ,no one makes guys play the game, this is the price they have to pay for playing the game. they make enough money to pay for insurance after their careers are over. it is called personal responsibility. (saving money for your retirement years)
     
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    When the league moves on studying the long-term effects of concussions, we'll find out if Elliot Pellman was just the NFL's fall guy.

    People are going to expect regulation from the league on this issue, not personal responsibility from the players to prepare for the day when they are permanently impaired by their former profession. Accountability by the league will IMO ultimately cut players careers even shorter than they are now when a head injury is involved. The league will try to play this down as much as they can but I think they are only postponing the inevitable.



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