Monday, June 28, 2010

Then Again, Knowledge Hurts [update]

Apparently, we now have a guy who died with football-induced brain damage while he was still an active player.  Chris Henry died during a domestic argument but apparently had significant brain damage.  He is  the youngest, suggesting that damage occurs far earlier, perhaps due to contact before the pros in college, high school and even earlier.  He was also a wide receiver, not a position known for as much head contact.  This is really bad news.

Given past posts on this, I am not terribly optimistic that this will lead to significant changes in practices, rules and equipment.  It should, but the NFL like its FIFA brethern, is likely to keep its head in the sand even if Ostriches do not really do that.

Update: Alan Schwartz continues his excellent coverage of this on-going story.

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