Ugh.

I don’t know about you, but describing changes to white matter in players’ brains after a season of football as “fraying” kinda gives me the willies.

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15 responses to “Ugh.

  1. Paul

    The more we find out about what’s really happening to players brains, the more I believe football will have to more closely resemble rugby to survive as a sport. And let’s face it, even rugby isn’t exactly safe. It’s just safer.

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    • Ben

      Yeah, I wonder when we’ll start seeing the 7 on 7 leagues make their way to the college level.

      Being a football fan is one of the things I feel most morally compromised on.

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    • Anonymous

      I don’t know how you have not installed the rule from rugby that requires all tacklers must attempt to wrap up the player they are tackling. We absolutely have to get the head out of the tackle. The hardest thing will be to do something about line play. Linemen get many smaller concussions that cause more CTE over time that the few kill shots that skill players take. If you take away playing each play from scrimmage, the game is no longer football.

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  2. Rex

    Maybe the NYT would rather play hopscotch in the park?

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  3. Russ

    I thought it was pretty well established already that it wasn’t concussions, it was repeated blows to the head. It will be interesting to see which kills the sport first, the TV money greed or the lawsuits over dementia.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Kind of works together. As the schools rake in more and more money from TV (and extortion of the fans), it makes it a bigger and bigger target for the lawsuits over dementia. Broke folks don’t typically get sued.

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  4. When you read things like “The researchers also did not re-scan the men’s brains, to see if their white matter later returned to normal. Presumably there would be some healing, Dr. Mahon says, since collegiate athletes have completed many football seasons, and the scans did not show ragged midbrains before the season, only afterward.” you wonder how serious this really is or isn’t? One would think if this were a serious cause and effect there would have been a lot more ex college football players showing signs of problems later in life. In today’s politically charged environment it is really difficult to know whom to believe and who has some outcome based agenda.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Perception is reality. John Edwards (former senator, presidential candidate and all around scum bag) made a fortune off of lawsuits for cerebral palsy using emotion in the court room that was NOT backed up with any research.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Edwards must have incredibly lucky to have faced the only defense lawyers and trial judges in America who have never heard of the Daulbert case and Federal Rules of Evidence and faced them over and over again.

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  5. TMCDAWG

    Hopefully the demise of the game is down the road after I’m gone. I sure do love the game of football

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  6. BuffaloSpringfield

    Really should scan some recruits brains before they even step on the field as some of note; Martell, Cox, Fields and company may have “frayed” brains due their own persona’s.

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  7. ATL Dawg

    Football, have you met Boxing? You two should get to know each other.

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  8. 69Dawg

    Tick tock enjoy the sport before it is banned. Ain’t many mothers going to want their son punch drunk for life.

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  9. whb209

    Thank you Senator (as sarcastically as I can say that)
    I player this game from my eighth year until my twentieth year.
    I could have gone many years (I know I don’t have many years) without seeing that article and I think I would have been in a better mental state. Now I am as depressed as an old man with full blown dementia. And I had some other things I was going to say, but I forgot what they were.

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  10. ApalachDawg

    I would also like them to research the escalation of steriods, then hgh, then all the other supplements that the freaks of nature are taking in football and what impact that also has had on the apparent sudden rise in football players deterioraring health since the 70s.

    Look at how some of these dudes shrink back down to “normal” big size after they quit playing…

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