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President Obama: ‘If I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.’
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[quote:Dr. Astro:MV8yMTIxNDg2XzM1NzkyMjQxXzdBNjRFNkI4] There is a narrative developing within the scientific community against american football. Research in recent years has revealed a greater extent of brain damage and pathology as a result of playing the sport than was previously appreciated. Here's the thing though, the current focus is NOT on pharmacotherapeutic strategies to reduce or prevent damage, the focus is on "reducing subconcussive blows to the head." In other words, altering the game itself so players don't hit their heads. Ultimately it won't just be about reducing the repetition of hits, eventually it'll be about even a single hit being too much... http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2011/07/brain-injury/ They are going to be coming after football (and not just pro football, but high school and college as well), mark my words, I have inside information about this and it's not from my uncle. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/proceedings/201212_CTE_workshop_report.htm "Is participation in contact sports a CTE risk factor for school-aged children and young adults?" "Are CTE and single exposure TBI distinct pathologic processes or part of a disease spectrum?" [/quote]
So now the Prez will influence the NFL??
I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much.
I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they're grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies. You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about.
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