Does the increasing use of no-huddle offenses in college football exacerbate the concussion problem?
University of Arkansas Head Football Coach Bret Bielema used the news story about San Francisco 49er Chris Borland’s retirement last week to suggest hurry-up, no-huddle offenses lead to an increased injury risk to players who couldn’t substitute off the field, leading to more plays.
Bielema said he read “a study that said players in the no-huddle, hurry-up offense play the equivalent of five more games than those that don’t. That’s an incredible number.
Others aren’t so sure of Bielema’s theory.
University of Arizona Head Athletic Trainer Randy Cohen believes some coaches may be pushing to slow down hurry-up offenses for a “competitive advantage.”
Cohen, who chairs the college committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, added: “Don’t say it’s a safety issue because right now we don’t have any data about this. None.”