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Concussions and other head injuries

Posted by David Harding 
Concussions and other head injuries
Posted by: David Harding (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: November 11, 2017 05:18PM

There is enough general interest in concussions and other head injuries that I thought it might be useful to start a thread dedicated to the topic. I'm not on a personal crusade, but I think topic is worthy of discussion. If you're not interested, ignore it.

A Chicago Tribune writer (and Harvard alumnus) opines that Harvard and Yale should stop playing football.
Steve Chapman
How can these two institutions rationalize a pastime so antithetical to the well-being of undergraduates and their own educational missions? It’s the equivalent of the Mayo Clinic operating a tobacco shop on-site. While athletics may be a worthwhile part of a well-rounded life, any sport practically designed to impair mental functioning can’t be justified as a university endeavor.

Here's the link from a few weeks ago to a review of Ken Dryden's new book.

Some recent articles from Science News:

Laws to protect athletes’ brains do reduce concussions — eventually
About 1 in 5 teens has had a concussion
Most football players who donated their brains to science had traumatic injury
Re: Concussions and other head injuries
Posted by: TimV (---.nycap.res.rr.com)
Date: November 11, 2017 05:38PM

Interesting because after the NCAA eliminated intercollegiate boxing, where the actual object is to cause brain injury, Harvard did this.

I think it's also a major phys ed offering at Army West Point and Navy.

Probably important to avoid sensationalism via statistics. The mere presence of Tau protein should not be equated with symptomatic functional disease.

"Yo Paulie - I don't see no crowd gathering 'round you neither."
Re: Concussions and other head injuries
Posted by: George64 (---.rochester.res.rr.com)
Date: November 22, 2017 01:15PM

I'm in the midst of reading Ken Dryden's Game Change. This article from the NYT, sadly supports Ken's argument.
Re: Concussions and other head injuries
Posted by: Roy 82 (128.18.14.---)
Date: November 22, 2017 07:27PM

I've pretty much given up on football since I don't think that the game can be separated from head trauma. I am more optimistic about hockey.

Step 1: As much as I like a good fight, it's time to put an end to them. They are less common now but they can be easily eliminated.
Re: Concussions and other head injuries
Posted by: Jim Hyla (---.239.191.68.cl.cstel.com)
Date: February 16, 2018 10:03AM

Cut from here and reposted in Hockey Forum.

"Cornell Fans Made the Timbers Tremble", Boston Globe, March/1970
Cornell lawyers stopped the candy throwing. Jan/2005

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/16/2018 10:06AM by Jim Hyla.
A Yale football player quits to save his brain
Posted by: David Harding (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: November 17, 2018 03:53PM

A follow-up piece by the Chicago Tribune writer who admonished Harvard and Yale to end football in an article linked at the start of this thread. This time he reports on a Yale football player who quit after a concussion.

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