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Who knew that when Russia’s figure skating phenom Julia Lipnitskaia, or any other elite skater, launches into a high-velocity spin that they could be injuring their brain?
That was the suggestion recently of Dr. David Wang, a sports medicine expert with the Elite Sports Medicine division of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, in an article that appeared on the NBC Connecticut Website
“I can’t go so far as to say it’s exactly a concussion, but it acts an awful lot like a concussion,” Dr. Wang said.
Wang recently began researching the area in an effort “to prove whether or not this was safe. … I wanted to see where the problems are, and as with baseball pitchers having a pitch count for how many times they can throw, is there a limit to how much someone can be spinning before they’re left with symptoms that don’t go away.”
The article went on to suggest that Dr. Wang has found some spins may be more dangerous than others, such as the layback spin, in which the skater’s head is thrust away from the axis of the body. This subjects the head to greater G forces, according to the article.
“When you go into the spin, you can imagine it’s like a centrifuge,” he said. “You’re pushing the blood into your head. That’s what usually pops the blood vessels in the eyes and forces the blood going into the head, but when you come out of that spin the blood is drawn right back out of the head and it’s a negative G. That’s when someone falls or faints.”
I get a kick out of so-called “national columnists,” who provide commentary on things they know little about.
Such was the case ten days when a CBS Sports columnist criticized studio analyst and former player Rodney Harrison for suggesting that beleaguered NFL quarterback Josh Freeman may have faked a concussion.
We must look at all sides of the concussion issue, not just the danger, but the opportunity the emotional issue creates for abuse. By that I mean that pretending you have suffered a concussion can provide powerful, emotional cover for poor play and/or securing the sympathy vote. Obviously, we have to err on the side of caution, which is what the Minnesota Vikings did when they ruled Freeman, who was picked up after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released, out of the October 27 game against the Green Bay Packers.
But the fact of the matter is that Freeman and his handlers, and this is the part I am suggesting the columnist knows little about, have demonstrated a penchant for pulling out all stops when it comes to making Freeman the victim.
The suggestion that they came up with the idea that Freeman suffered a concussion as an excuse for his poor play in his debut in a Vikings uniform against the New York Giants or in order to sit out of the Packers game because he didn’t realize how bad the team he was joining, as Harrison suggested, is plausible.
“I’m not trying to doubt the seriousness of his injury if he has one, but it just seems like a convenient excuse to get out of a situation,” said Harrison.
The NFL has released a nine-minute video that was “recently prepared for NFL players and coaches by the Player Safety Advisory Panel.”
Called “Championship Football,” the video is narrated by Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-chairman of the panel, Ronnie Lott.
It attempts to remind everyone that even with the increased emphasis on safety, the game retains its allure as a “physical” sport. Specifically, it “focuses on examples of clean, legal hits from last season’s AFC and NFC Championship Games and Super Bowl XLVI,” according to the league.
The NFL said Lott also issued a memo to the players, where he noted:
“When members of our panel are watching football games, we are constantly aware of improvements that can be made for the benefit of players. It was striking to us that last year’s AFC and NFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl, though quite physical and aggressive, were free from unnecessary penalties. Our panel believes that this demonstrates that it is possible to play championship football while observing the rules of the game and not engaging in acts that sometimes lead to altercations, penalties and fines – or worse, injuries.”
The panel, co-chaired by Lott and fellow Hall of Famer John Madden, was created two years ago by Commissioner Goodell “to assist the league in reviewing all facets of the game involving player health and safety.” Other members of the committee are Ernie Accorsi, Antonio Freeman, Patrick Kerney, Willie Lanier, Oliver Luck, Steve Mariucci, and Anthony Munoz.
Here’s a link to the video: