As the NFL training camps get underway and another football season looms, the effect on players of such a high impact sport also hits the news, especially with a recent suspicious death of a footballer in the woods that may be related to past concussions.
With concussions the issues are how to prevent it, how to detect it and how to treat it. A lot has happened in the last 10 years with the issue now front and center in football and all high impact sports like hockey and soccer also.
The first line of defense is to get good base line data on each player when they are known to be very healthy and fit. This is then used to measure any drop off in balance and reaction times which can signal the effects of a concussion.
The second line of defense is to take any player who receives a hard knock off the field and keep him off until his reaction times equal his baseline data.
And the new way of keeping our NYC players healthy is to have them wear equipment that constantly monitors the impacts they receive in the course of a game so they can be helped even more quickly than if they are obviously knocked down.
This equipment is currently being trialled on high school athletes and then it will be used with NFL players of it turns out to be useful.
There’s a lot at stake from youngster just starting in football being protected to the stars of today being able to play longer and better because their health is being looked after very effectively. LIKE keeping all footballers healthy.