Other Concussions and Player Safety Issues

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The NFL reported that concussion totals slightly increased in 2019.
NFL officials are still pleased with the numbers, as the 2019 total is far fewer than the 2017 total. The staggering number of concussions in 2017 led to many changes, including some high-risk activities being banned, like the Oklahoma drill. As the reports show, those changes have improved player safety. ACL and MCL tears were also less frequent this year, potentially pointing towards fewer season-ending injuries across the league. Expect the NFL to continue to implement new rules that will help mitigate injuries.
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DEC. 8, 2020
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Isiah “Butch” Robertson, the hard-hitting All-Pro linebacker who starred for the Rams in the 1970s, had an advanced case of a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated brain trauma, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of his family.
The lawsuit against the NCAA said Robertson was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy after he died in a car accident in December 2018 at age 69. According to the suit, he had Stage 3 of the disease, with Stage 4 being the most serious.
“Later in life, Isiah’s mental and physical health began to deteriorate,” the 14-page complaint said. “Isiah began to experience sleep disturbances, headaches, outbursts, loss of ability to control his emotions, trouble recalling information, anger management issues, reckless behavior, and a lack of a filter when speaking.”


According to the lawsuit, Robertson “sustained numerous brain injuries” while playing at Southern University in Louisiana from 1967 to 1970 without “adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat brain injuries sustained by Isiah and others during practices and in games.”

The lawsuit, which doesn’t name the school as a defendant, accuses the NCAA of not educating football players about brain injuries and not implementing various rules to protect those who suffered concussions.

“As a direct and proximate result of the NCAA’s conduct, Isaiah sustained serious injuries and death,” the complaint said.

The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
 

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The NFL is working with sports technology companies to create position-specific helmets designed to mitigate concussions.

A newly designed helmet for linemen was released in February. The helmet "provides additional support in the front, where most head impacts take place for players on the offensive and defensive line." In 2021, the league's helmet testing will analyze and test helmet models based on the head shots quarterbacks take. Most QB concussions come from "back-of-the-head impacts when quarterback are thrown to the ground and are unable to brace themselves," according to NFL data. Concussions among NFL players dropped by 5 percent in 2020. There were 224 reported concussions in 2019, up 4.7 percent from 2018. That figure was 20 percent lower than the number of reported concussions (281) during the 2017 NFL season. The key word here is "reported," as many brain injuries go unreported, according to players who have spoken out on the issue.

SOURCE: ESPN.com
Apr 5, 2021, 11:17 AM ET
 

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