How to talk to a player about their head injuries
The head injury scare has been building for years.
Players have been told they can’t wear helmets, and when they do they have to put on a helmet.
But now it’s a problem for more than just the players.
In the last three weeks alone, seven players have been struck by concussions in a span of two days, and the injury is causing headaches for the NFL and NFLPA.
A new study from the National Head Injury Research Center (NHRI) found that one-third of players surveyed experienced some sort of head injury.
And it’s not just NFL players.
Researchers found that 16 percent of the players in a survey who suffered a head injury in the last 12 months experienced it at least once in the past year.
A whopping 75 percent of these players said they had experienced concussions.
How can players avoid concussions?
The first thing to know is that a concussion is not always a direct result of hitting a football, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
The NFLPA recommends players wear helmets with a visor for protection against head trauma.
Players can also wear face shields to keep their eyes open while playing football, but most of these have been found to be less effective than helmets.
“We have a great deal of anecdotal evidence that these helmets are effective,” says Dan Campbell, a former NFL player who now works as a consultant.
“But we also have to be very careful in terms of what we say to players.
We’re talking about someone who’s experienced a concussion, and we’re not talking about a player who’s just been hit by a football.”
So if you’re a football player and have had a concussion in the month of August, what’s your best advice for your teammates?
The NFLP is a volunteer organization and doesn’t have the power to set the rules or make the rules, says Greg Schramm, the NFLPA’s vice president of player safety.
He says if a player feels that he or she can’t play, he or they can leave the game.
“There are some things we can do that will help a player to avoid a concussion,” Schramb says.
“If a player is going to go into the locker room and they’re going to start to feel discomfort, that’s a very serious situation.
And that can be handled with the appropriate protocol.”
Schrams recommends that players wear a helmet during every game and use a visour while in the locker rooms.
If a player has been hit, Schramms says, he can get the player to put a helmet on, but he can’t help if a teammate has a concussion.
“That’s something that I think players have to understand is very important,” Schrams says.
It’s also important for players to remember that they are not alone in their concussion experiences.
According to the study, the average time that players spend in a coma and hospital is eight days.
The study also found that an average of 1.8 percent of NFL players have a concussion and that nearly half of them suffer from a concussion for at least three weeks.
That means more than 500,000 players have experienced concussion-related problems in the 12 months since the study began in 2011.
The injury is also a challenge for the health care system, says Dr. John E. Burt, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a head trauma expert.
He is the medical director of the Division of Head Injury, Head Trauma, and Injury Prevention at the Center for Brain Injury Research and Prevention (CBIP).
“If you’ve been concussed, it can be devastating,” Burt says.
He adds that even if the player has a head CT scan and MRI and no other physical symptoms, they may still have brain damage.
Boudens study also looked at how many NFL players had experienced symptoms during a game, but that data doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.
Players who have a history of concussions have higher rates of cognitive impairment, which can lead to cognitive problems like memory problems and cognitive dysfunction, he says.
That makes it hard for NFL players to tell when they’re feeling well.
Bosters findings also showed that the more time that a player spent in a concussion-free zone, the greater their risk of experiencing cognitive impairment.
“It’s a big deal,” Bostars says.
The researchers also found a correlation between how many concussions players experienced and how quickly they recovered from them.
“They recovered quicker when they were concussed,” Boster says.
And even if a concussion did not result in long-term brain damage, concussion symptoms can have a long-lasting impact on the body.
In some cases, the symptoms can make a player feel helpless.
That’s because the brain has to rewire itself to compensate for the damage, says Bost.
“You may have some symptoms that are very acute and difficult to treat,” he says, but “the brain can actually recover from a mild