The Hits Keep on Coming for the NFL: Flawed Concussion Research
Well tell me Good ol’ Rog is there any coincidence that you came out yesterday and said there are some ties to playing football and CTE? Maybe because you received wind of the NY Times article (Link Below) published this morning about the NFL using faulty data and hiding over 100 diagnosed concussions in order to downplay the effects of head trauma caused by repeated blows to the head?
Is it me or is the NFL starting to resemble some of the key players in “The Big Short”? A highly profitable corporation with a popular product hiding the real underlying danger that comes from being a part of it? We can call it the NFL bubble. In reality it’s a bit more similar to the steroid problems that plagued baseball but in either case it’s shady, it’s corrupt, and it’s unacceptable. The NFL has been exposed for hiding a major health concern in favor of profits and is just now rushing around to try and save its ass.
You can read the full article which I provided a link to but one paragraph summaries it all:
“For the last 13 years, the N.F.L. has stood by the research, which, the papers stated, was based on a full accounting of all concussions diagnosed by team physicians from 1996 through 2001. But confidential data obtained by The Times shows that more than 100 diagnosed concussions were omitted from the studies — including some severe injuries to stars like quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman. The committee then calculated the rates of concussions using the incomplete data, making them appear less frequent than they actually were.”
There have been parallels to the tobacco industry made in that Big Tobacco hid the negative effects of smoking from the public for years until it became known that cigarettes are hazardous to your health. While the comparison is a little drastic there are correlations; both cause a disease and both can be deadly. The NFL has finally, just over the last couple years, started to increase player safety, let’s hope this is another wake up call.
How much longer can Goodell last?
Originally published at www.swingandbling.com.