PBS Frontline episode about dementia and football: Are the brain damage risks too high?

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  • T-Roy Summerville, SC
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    It comes down that they want to play the game. I played High school football and do not have an issues.What they need to teach is how to form Tackle again so players will not lead with thier helmet.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:19 a.m.

    Make them wear leather helmets again.
    People will start to learn to tackle the proper way again. None of this spearing and leading with the head. Geez. All for an ESPN highlight. Defenders will learn to tackle if they are gonna get hurt too doing it the way they've started too.

  • Mendel Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    @ Hammer: Your argument that only a small percentage of players are having a severe problem is flawed. This argument has historically been used for other disorders for which data now show causation. For example, "only" 16% of smokers get lung cancer. The fact that thousands of smokers do not get lung cancer does not mean that smoking does not cause cancer. It does. One histological study of brains revealed that 18 of 19 brains from former NFL players showed chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a very worrisome finding. Trial lawyers have little to do with this. This is a public health issue. Clearly, more studies need to be performed, but where should the burden of proof lie: with medical researchers needing to prove that football players are at significantly higher risk of traumatic brain injury, or with those that contend that there is no risk?

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Living is a risky thing. And we all give our lives doing something or other. I would rather spend my life playing a sport I love than wasting away in an office chair staring at blips on a computer screen day after day.

    Having said that, I don't mean to dismiss the seriousness of this issue. The NFL should do everything in its power to make the sport safer, and should collaborate with medical researchers to identify the extent and seriousness of the problem, as well as solutions.

    But if I was Austin Collie, would I put my future health on the line in order to play in the NFL?


  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 10, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Fans want to see hard hits. If players want to play football, they need to understand that they are sacrificial offerings placed on the altars of fan entertainment.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Oct. 10, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    The problem with their arguments is that the population of former athletes that are having severe problems are only a small percentage of the total and not all the deaths and problems cannot rule out drug use or other issues. Also they haven't tested populations outside of the NFL which would be helpful to see how large the issue is. Truth is this issue is being raised with the hope trial lawyers can come in and so the NFL cash cow. Its disengenuous.