Recent studies and headlines suggest that football related brain injuries are more serious than we thought. Former linebacker Junior Seau’s suicide sparked a debate about the relationship between concussions and depression, and a class action lawsuit from current and former athletes against the league could have a significant effect on the sport’s future.
To learn more about football head injuries, the NFL is collaborating with the U.S. Army to study the effects of head trauma with advanced equipment. The NFL is looking into helmet sensors similar to those used in the military to analyze what a tackle does to the human brain. The Army has recorded data from hundreds of accidents, including falls and car accidents. They can use this information to gauge how damaging a tackle is compared to other injuries.
Officials involved say that it could lead to safer measures for both athletes and infantrymen, and that both groups could learn something from each other. In both organizations, pride can prevent people from admitting to injuries.
“There is a tremendous amount of respect between the NFL and military communities, and we are working to break down some of the stigma around reporting a head injury,” said NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy.
Hopefully this partnership can lead to better safety measures for athletes and more disclosure among soldiers regarding traumatic brain injuries. The longer they go undiagnosed, the more damage they can do.
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