Football must reduce injuries

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    There's a reason why fighter pilots wear G-Suits. They help the body take the strain of high G's. However, too many G's and the pilot passes out. Fact of physics and life. I agree that the size and skills of players have increased to the point that the human body can no longer take the strain. Major changes to equipment need to be made. Changes that will restrict speed could do some good. Basically you'd have to dress the players up like the Michelin man.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    Re: Patriot " I love NFL football but I hate injuries so even as I vent I really have no answers to these protection problems." I love to watch it too, but the sport is barbaric and empathy-numbing. Football asks the body to do things for which it was not designed, whether by God or evolution depending on your point of view. We see guys get creamed on the field and we think nothing of it. It needs to stop. Moreover, the public subsidy of the sport by cities is a scandal in times of economic need. Enough already.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 28, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    @truth… I agree…. we should do that with all professions. Construction…. working in refineries…… transportation. These people know the dangers. Why would we spend any time or effort trying to make them safer. They know the risks -right?

    Good grief!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Really...? How about we hit up the army or the marines to do the same......let's just put dresses on all these players and soldiers and ask them play's football........anyone who has played is is playing knows the consequences! Life is full of one is holding a gun to your head thanks to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom!

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    It's ironic that boxing and MMA, where causing a concussion (unconsciousness) is the goal, are promoted at the same time we are concerned about football and hockey concussions.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    Football must reduce injuries. How exactly? The equipment is state of the art including the helmet. I guess if you change from tackle to flag football that might be the only way. The bottom line here is players have now advanced to a size and speed that exceeds the threshold of the equipment to protect. If you start changing the rules you soon reach a point where football isn't football anymore and penalties slow the game to the point of being unwatchable. Back in the day no one ever dreamed of a 255lb line backer being able to run a 4.5 40 and bench press a moose. Getting hit by these NFL defenders especially is like getting hit by a car. The body can only take so much. I love NFL football but I hate injuries so even as I vent I really have no answers to these protection problems.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    My sons were not allowed to play football.I valued their brain health. I have too many football-playing friends with memory loss, early onset Parkinson's and even dementia.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    The answer could be as simple as getting rid of today's helmets and going back to those of yesterday. This should cause everyone to rethink the use of their heads.
    This is something football needs to solve and not the government. The government needs to find better things to do.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 27, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    Semi-Strong..... as one who loves football.... I wish there were ways that the fans could influence this discussion. But as sone who attends a lot of games, I am not sure the fans want to see the games "safer". If anything, I have heard a lot of complaints that the NFL has gone to far already. That the game isn't football anymore.

    You have to member, there is a good number of people out there that watch the game for the big hits... that watch NASCAR for the wrecks... that watch hockey waiting for the fight. and they don't care about player safety. And unfortunately this crowd is the loud crowd.

    Those who are like my family, that have boys that play the game, are often not the voices that are heard. No one wants to hear that you can tackle with out your feet leaving the ground and leading with the crest of the helmet. So I am not overly optimistic any real change will come... not in time for my boys to benefit from.

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    Nov. 27, 2013 6:05 a.m.

    I agree with the article.

    Football may need well more than trimming at the edges. The game may need a fundamental overhaul in order to truly protect the players.

    If we as fans along with the NFL and NCAA will not demand the necessary changes to truly protect the players (rather than just enough to mollify the critics) then football must go.