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Did Borland Make the Right Call? You Bet He Did

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland made the right call when he retired from the NFL. Never mind that he was one of the league’s top rookies last year. He knew it was time.

Underpinning his decision was Borland awareness of the great risk he was taking by continuing to play.

We know so much more about concussions than we did five years ago. We know that the tiny hits players can take in youth, high school and college football can add up. More importantly, we know that concussions affect athletes differently.

Borland, 24, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines: “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health. From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

His decision took a lot foresight, especially since he told the media outlet that he was as “sharp as I’ve ever been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait ’til you have symptoms, it’s too late. … There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long, healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise.”

 

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No-Pads Football League Starting to Pick Up Steam

The  A7FL, American 7’s Professional Spring Football League, is picking up steam.

The league (http://www.a7fl.com/), which begins Saturday, features 7 on 7, full-contact play without helmets and shoulder pads. It plays up the fact that the sport is quicker and safer because of the lack of pads and helmets.

A forbes contributor recently wrote about it, claiming it is safer because there are “no pads or helmets being worn with the idea, supported by research, that concussions will be reduced because of the elimination of helmet-to-helmet contact. No punts or kickoffs are held, also to promote safety.”

For the full article, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidlariviere/2015/03/13/safety-first-football-league-to-launch-season-next-saturday/

 

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Athletic Trainers Step to the Podium in Shaping Concussion Laws

(What follows is a short excerpt from the March 2015 issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

Athletic trainers (AT) are increasingly being relied upon to provide insight and feedback into proposed concussion litigation.

Witness the presence of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA), whose representatives were recently invited to attend and provide expert testimony at the Youth Concussion and Sports Safety Hearing in New York City, where two introductory bills regarding youth sports safety for New York State were being considered.

Among the questions being addressed on that day were:

  • “Is it reasonable – and appropriate – to require appropriate medical coverage at youth football practices and games, and possible to do so without causing impossible financial burden on these programs?
  • “What other youth sports might be at high risk for concern and could also need similar safety provisions?”

These bills, if passed,  would mandate that a certified AT would be present at all youth football contact practices and a physician, likely alongside the AT, be present at all games, as well as set up a task force to investigate safety and injury concerns in all youth sports.

The aforementioned hearing was held jointly by the Committee on Health and the Committee on Education. Joining a long list of various medical professionals, researchers, school officials, and athletic personnel, NYSATA President, Aimee Brunelle, MS, ATC and NYSATA Region 1-Long Island Representative, James Pierre-Glaude, DPT, ATC, CSCS traveled to New York City to provide expert testimony about the qualifications of ATs, concussion management, and sports safety issues, including injury prevention and injury rates in contact sports. A NYSATA focus group also prepared a detailed written testimony to provide to the Committee members, which included some recommendations on how to improve the proposed legislation.

Based on NYSATA’s examination of the bills, Brunelle said that NYSATA is “pleased to see the interest demonstrated in … creating a safety task force to collect information and then make recommendations.”

NATA Maintains Proactive Stance on the National Level

State chapters of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) aren’t the only ones taking a proactive stance with regard to concussion laws. …

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