Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. -via ESPN
Some crazy stuff, but can’t say anyone’s too surprised. We’ve all seen Concussion by now I think. Turns out Will Smith learning a South African accent can really turn us onto science and personal safety. Who knew?
What is there to expect from this? I can tell you one thing, is players are going to start demanding more money. I think it’s a joke that they don’t get bigger cuts and guaranteed contracts aren’t the norm. The NFL owns a day of the week and the owners take a huge cut. We like to refer to ourselves as humans very smart beings. But in 100 years people are going to look back and say “holy shit, remember when people thought it was okay to run full speed and go helmet to helmet and expect to live normally? Then dudes were killing themselves and they continued to deny it?”
I remember some of the knocks I took youth football. Yeah, I was a baller. Late in the season when it was cold and you took a nice lick and your jaw felt detached from your head. That was normal, even for kids. It’s safe to say things are really going to change now. It makes Little League look like an angelic organization for cutting pitchers off after 45 pitches. “You gotta save that right arm, you might need it one day!” Meanwhile in the NFL: “Hey kids, running into a brick wall with your face is an idiot move, just put on a helmet and do that into another skull and we’ll be rich!”
I fucking love football, I can’t get enough of it. What I don’t understand is why engineers haven’t come up with a better helmet. One with something like small shocks or coils inside of them. Just a small layer to absorb the blow. Or just make the helmets way bigger with a layer of air and coils. Should I just do this now? I’m here solving problems while Elon Musk is probably at a 5 star lunch drinking Rose.