Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NFL mortality

CBC reports:

Studies in the United States show that men who play five or more years in the NFL have a life expectancy of 55, 20 years less than the average in the general public. For linemen, perhaps due to their size, the life expectancy is 52.

Why doesn't this cause more outrage? NFL players have a life expectancy DECADES shorter than the population as a whole. How can people continue to look the other way as young men scramble their brains on the field? Where is the NFLPA? Why does it fall to Mike Ditka and his Gridiron Greats to bring attention to this issue and raise money for those former NFL players who are having serious health issues?

I know that the NFL has tried to use the rules to outlaw the worst hits, but maybe they should pay more attention to concussions and the brain damage that can result. They've made (very small) strides in this direction in the past year or so, but there's a long way to go. The NFL needs to step in and do something about all the unhealthy habits of linemen, and all the damage that is done by concussions. The status quo is unacceptable.

(HT: Mononymous)

1 comment:

  1. As players get bigger and faster the collisions get more violent. It is inevitable that more NFL players get concussions and other serious injuries. As recently as 1985 300 pound players like William "Refrigerator" Perry were very unusual. Today there are over 500 NFL players who weigh over 300 pounds. As one step to reduce the injuries I suggest a 300 pound weight limit. All players would be weighed a few hours before kickoff. If they weighed 299 or less they could play. If they weigh 300 or more they cannot. In addition to the injuries caused by the collisions between these huge men, weighing 300 pounds will shorten anyone's life expectancy. There are many other steps that can and must be taken but this one is a good first step and is very simple.