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Dr. Bennet Omalu wrote this op-ed that is as simple as it’s title – children should not play tackle football because of the risk of traumatic brain injury.
Danny O’Neil got it wrong – like we all do – but instead of ignoring it he instead holds himself accountable and, in the process, writes one of the most important pieces the ITP editors have recommended all season.
Emily Kaplan of MMQB was on hand when the NFLPA screened Concussion – the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and how the NFL covered up its concussion problem – for retired players in Atlanta recently. Some viewers limped away in tears, and for some, it was a “panic-inducing horror film”.
Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report spoke with former NFL linebacker Andra Davis, another ex-NFL player struggling with post-career injuries and depression.
Dr. Mallika Marshall reports (video & text) on Boston-area company Quanterix, who is developing a blood test to identify the presence of certain proteins released into the bloodstream when someone is concussed.
Andy Hutchins of SB Nation on college football coaches using their “hot wife” as a prop at press conferences to demonstrate their “recruiting prowess” is sexist, stupid, and unacceptable.
Tom Taylor of Sports Illustrated explores the future of football, first by looking at football’s history, and then at the emerging technologies and ideas aimed at ameliorating the dangers of traumatic brain injury.
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— Shane Alexander (@Alexander1Great) December 13, 2015
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— Greg Bishop (@GregBishopSI) December 8, 2015
Lining up in/neutral zone is mind numbingly stupid – especially by linemen. I was always tempted to run on the field/yell back the f*** up.
— Amy Trask (@AmyTrask) December 8, 2015
Muschamp asked his wife to stand up: "Gamecock Nation, if you don't think I can recruit, look at her and then look at me."
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) December 7, 2015
— Jessica Luther (@scATX) December 7, 2015
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