Football is safe and getting safer

  • Article by: Daniel J. Flynn
  • Updated: August 19, 2013 - 6:38 AM

The point is, the game continually evolves in response to its dangers.

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dancingpotAug. 18, 13 7:33 PM

Pitiful B/S. Figures don't lie but liars figure.

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rshacklefordAug. 18, 13 9:30 PM

I hope Flynn got paid well by the NFL for that article. He forgot to mention that our own Culpepper is part of the huge lawsuit. The NFL (aka the owners) are going to lose eventually. Why do you think that the NFL made kick returns pretty much obsolete? Admission of the danger of concussions is why! I hope AP quits in a year or two so he can still run/walk when he is 50-60 years old. Do the smart thing by taking the owners' money and walking away. Most yards ever? Who cares!

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vlombardyAug. 18, 1311:06 PM

Data from Indiana show that high school football players are showing cognitive declines after practices without any symptoms of concussion. In most cases, the declines seem to improve over time, but nobody knows how many of these events the brain can take and remain healthy. This type of information, if verified, will kill the game.

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eastsider45Aug. 19, 13 7:19 AM

Can we put the stadium on hold for a few years until we hear about the issue that vlombardy brought up? Seems reasonable.

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brocklander1Aug. 19, 13 8:11 AM

Honestly... the whole world is safer and generally people live longer now than they did in Teddy Roosevelt's time. Of course the goal posts are going to move because we know a lot more now than we did in the past. Imagine a doctor telling a patient that they shouldn't worry about their health because they've already surpassed the average life expectancy of a person born around WWI... Clearly as science advances and evolves the public's expectations should as well. If you aren't worried about the impact of mashing your head against another person's head while playing a game then you are a very strange person. I'm all for personal choice, but if these leagues are profiting by exploiting people and causing them long term damage then the people should have their day in court and the evidence should be heard. If the end result is that the game the writer loves is forced to go out of business then oh well... If demand is still there then I'm sure a new league will form and the parties will come to an agreement based on all of the relevant facts.

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cgilhoiAug. 19, 1310:09 AM

Why is all the focus on NFL players? Why not address the safety concerns of the 99.9% of players who play football not at the professional level?

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corruptalienAug. 19, 1310:15 AM

Who cares? Put these big bucks to work doing manual labor to pay for their own stadiums.

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FrankLAug. 19, 13 2:03 PM

Of course they didn't include the chart to show the rate of injuries. Two most dangerous activities are bicycling and ATV riding.

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