“Parents and schools
are right to reassess
the wisdom of tackle football
for children whose young brains
are still developing.”
A Flawed System
Medical Express 9/6/18
“The fundamental question...
is how can athletes make informed choices
when they're never told
what the actual risks are?”
"Some people with
frontal lobe injuries
seem completely normal...
but they actually
have great difficulty
with everyday tasks....
This is called
the frontal lobe paradox
because, even though
these people seem
in everyday life."
isn't the only aim;
and spinal injuries,
and other physical consequences
don't need to kill
to be devastating.”
"[T]here is a human obligation
to provide safety
for all persons
of all ages who participate in its programs.
All members of the University community
are stewards of these relationships
and must recognize the differences of power
that often exist in them. As members
of the community,
we all have
to protect those
who are in a position of vulnerability."
to enhance reporting behaviors
have not been successful."
Dr Kathleen Bachynski
"The problem is that multiple hits
can interrupt the brain’s repair processes.
Over time, the brain’s 'clean-up crew'
may not be able
to keep pace
with the recurring hits
that are inherent to any sport that involves constant collisions,
such as boxing,
or professional ice hockey."
Education Week 9/11/18
"Is sponsoring an activity
that causes disabling brain injury
compatible with educators' responsibilities
Are there compensating educational benefits
of playing tackle football that justify the risks?
Does the putative consent of players
or their parents
relieve educators and administrators
of their duty to protect students from harm?
The answers to these questions are clearly
no, no, and no."
“Youth sports-related injuries
represent a major public health challenge,
and overuse injuries,
which result from repetitive microtrauma
and insufficient rest,
are a particular and growing concern.
can lead to lifelong disabilities,
and are almost entirely preventable.”
Adam M. Finkle & Kevin F. Bieniek
“We present a quantitative risk assessment showing that… the risk of CTE…
would permit the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to intervene.…
CTE is a public health problem,
and lawyers and physicians
need to understand that this conclusion
is based on standards of evidence
at least as long-standing and robust
as their own."
Myelin, Myelin, Myelin
Medical Xpress 9/20/18
are particularly dependent
white matter tracts."
Losing My Myelin
Science Daily 9/4/18
found that the protective fatty tissue surrounding brain cell fibers was loosened
two weeks after
the injury --
even though the athletes felt fine
and were deemed ready
to return to the ice."
Cerebral Physics 101.
"Your brain sits inside your skull
floating in cerebrospinal fluid.
So it’s about inertia.
Every time you run
and come to an abrupt stop,
the brain crashes into the inside of the skull
and reverberates against the other side,
and no matter where you put your head
or what form you use,
that brain slosh is going to occur.
The sport is about colliding bodies
and our brain is attached to our body,
so it’s about inertia."
in suffering & dollars
The Coloradoan 9/21/18
"President of CSU… $775,000.
The CSU football coach… $1.5 million.
[T]hese salaries indicate the importance… of athletic programs,
which receive 52 percent of their budget from fees,
direct and indirect institutional support, and state money.
[O]ne wonders about how the large subsidized cost of the athletic program
fits with universities primary responsibilities: education, research, and scholarship….
361 CSU employees… make less than $30,000…
45… less than $25,000 per year....
Yet CSU's salary policy ignores their need for a living wage."