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Football, Concussions, and the Mental Illness "issue"

The NFL has been dealing with an ongoing problem involving lawsuits for injuries inflicted through football affecting players later in life, in particular concussions are being blamed for "suppressed brain function", mental illness, and even suicide in many cases. I can admit that a concussion is not a good thing and has no positive effects, but can concussions really be blamed for all this?

We've been playing football in America for hundreds of years. I'm looking at my grandfather's picture in an old newspaper. He played tailback at West End High School in Hueytown Alabama in the 30s. The reason I bring it up, is that he wore a soft leather helmet with no facemask. The helmets the football players before plastic helmets weren't much more protection than a full head of hair and a ball cap. These men all must have suffered concussions weekly if not daily. The game was just as physical then as it is now, but the equipment has made giant leaps and bounds in progress, especially the helmets.

The point is, why are concussions such a big deal now? If they can blame concussions for rising suicide rates in ex NFL players, then why are the players of the 20s, 30s, and 40s dying of old age? I'm not saying concussions are a good thing, I'm just questioning if concussions have as negative an impact as the media and some doctors are telling us. Suicide wasn't prevalent in football players who played with small pieces of cow skin on their head but it's a problem with the players who are wearing high tech helmets with compressed air in the padding. It seems to me that concussions can hardly be blamed for mental problems or suicide. I think it's far more likely there's another culprit. Junior Seau's family is blaming football concussions for his suicide, but I would blame antidepressant medication much faster than football concussions.

Now I see our President's comments on how football should change and how the NCAA should consider rule changes for safety and I start to wonder just why he might say something like that. It was probably just another comment, but I wonder if the mental illness legislation that is coming may prevent those who've suffered concussions from owning a firearm. I know that's a stretch, but I could see the Government trying to disarm ex football players because their concussions have caused mental illness or something to that extent. I doubt it'll ever happen, but I can see that it's a possibility. I'm worried because I believe that a psychologist could find a way to deem almost anyone mentally ill with all the disorders and complexes that exist these days. One may say that anti government posts on this website are examples of obedience defiance disorder. Is Obedience defiance disorder a good reason to disarm someone?

Do you think concussions are linked to mental illness? Could concussions be used to disarm someone? What are your thoughts?




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Take a look at the guys playing today... 300 to almost 400 pounds of muscle doing the 440 in under five seconds... compare to the guys who played early on, those guys were just talented athletes, as are in most sports today. These guys playing in the NFL today, they are gladiators. They say being an NFL starter for one game these days is like being in a violent car wreck, having the same overall effect.

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RON PAUL 2012

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This is true

Modern athletes are bigger and faster but I'd say the impacts the players of old were taking to their faces all practice and game were like a violent car wreck too.

These helmets weren't much more than cowskin, not much different than the pigskin on the ball. Grandaddy said anyone who was worth a darn had blood on their face almost every practice and by the end of every game. Nosebleeds, bloody lips, bleeding tongues, or scratches, one way or another he said he his face bled every practice.

The rules have changed over the years to make it less violent as well.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Obama wanted to be FDR - Now TR

Before american football was american rugby and the USA was awesome at it (still reining Olympic champions). Teddy Roosevelt felt it was too dangerous, created a rules board that changed the sport. Out of those rules emerged American football.

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I didn't know that, thanks for sharing!

Obama's certainly sticking to Teddy's "progressive era" attitude.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Good points.

You make some very good points. To say people kill themselves because they had a concussion is ludicrous.

The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.

Agreed

My guess, (and it's just a guess) is that back in the old days, sports were just that for the most part...a sport, and of course there was some boasting that went with the better players.

In today's world, these people are made gods, with their faces and names plastered all over the papers, magazines, TV, cereal boxes etc.
Making millions...MILLIONS of $$$ for playing a kids game.

Some make many thousands of dollars for every pitch they throw!

WOW! How rediculous is that! I gotta laugh!

When their high time ends, the limelight fades and the bright lights shine on another up-commer, then their joy dies. Their all is gone! And in many cases, they cannot deal with that.

And then one may ask..."Where did they go after they died?"

I am always brought to that question whenever a so called "star" passes away.

Did they ever mention Jesus during an interview. Did they live for Christ and for His glory or for themselves and their own pleasure and their own glory?

I know that many here will be angry at these words but that is really the most important question a person can ask themselves while here on earth.

For those who know themselves to be on the wrong side of things with God, there is still time to repent and turn unto the Lord and cry out for mercy and forgiveness, and that Christ might be your Savior.

Cry out to Him today, He is merciful and full of compassion.

Peace

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

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That's a good point

Losing their status as stars may cause some sort of mental illness in someone.

As for getting right with God, I just don't know.

I've cried out, I've asked forgiveness. I've asked God to lead me, told Him I can't do it alone. I can also tell you I'm still a sinner, I still sin every day. I want to live for God, but it's hard to know how. Christ was radical, I often wonder what a modern Christ would be like. It seems that a modern Christ would end up in prison fast.

You asked "Did they live for Christ and for His glory"

I ask you, do any of us actually live for Christ? Are any of us actually Christian, as in, like Christ? I do not believe so.

I've talked with pastors and hung out with them, but they are sinners too. They also sin every day, they watch TV and play video games slothing and wasting time. They commit gluttony, and I bet they even look lustfully at women and get angry without cause. Jesus tells us that both of those sins are equivalent to adultery and murder. It seems to me that the only way I'm going to heaven is if God opens the door for me. I can't even unlock the door myself, let alone open it.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Don't stop crying out!

There's a time and a purpose to everything under heaven, and for you to say that you're a sinner, I say "hallelujah" because Christ came for sinners!
I myself thank God that I was never brought to the point of fame like some, because it is really more of a curse than a blessing and only lasts for a very little while.

When life is hard, we tend to look up to Him for help and strength just to get through each day it seems and that is good.

Whatever it is that keeps our eyes off ourselves and upon Him, is good and needful because that too, is all His work of love for us.

Yes, we all are sinners and continue to sin, BUT...when someone becomes saved, they have a new heart that God has given them and they will desire to live a more holy life for Him and not for the satisfying of the flesh if it is sinful.

You will know in your heart and see that change within and what is really important to you and what used to be important will be not be so. It's a daily battle with sin, but a true believer will flee from it and when they fall, they will confess that to God and repent of it.
One last thing, don't let the life of some so called "Christians" infuluence you, because there are millions of them that are only Christians in professing, and not in their heart and in their life.

I will be praying that the Lord will lift you up and draw you unto Himself, that you may be a child of God both now and especially forever in the eternal joy that is soon to come!

Peace!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

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You've got the right attitude

I appreciate the encouragement. I'm glad to see people share their faith.

Keep doing what you're doing.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

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I do believe that concussions may have some

negative effects on brain function, but I don't think they are that bad. It seems to me that all of us suffer minor concussions at some point in our lives. Especially when learning to walk, hitting the head on the table and falling all the time.

I doubt that concussions can be blamed for mental illness.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Not to mention

all the times I hit myself on the head for doing so many stupid things in my life! LOL

All kidding aside, I have had many, many very serious head injuries in my life. One was in an automobile accident back some 30 years ago in which my head got stuck in the dashboard (which were made of hard plastic and metal back then ), and the surgeon told me he'd stopped counting the stitched in my head when he got to 300!

It was very un-fun!

My neck still bothers me but all in all, the Lord was merciful to me.

That is just one of the injuries, I'll spare you about the others!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

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Wow! I know how un fun stitches are

I don't know much about car wrecks. I got bit by my Grandma's dog when I was a kid. Got over 100 stitches in my neck. I can't imagine 300, wow!

I'm glad to see people share their faith like you. It gives me hope that one day I can set an example like that too!

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

You're doing so

right now!

Always, always, always remember that He cares for you!

Take that with you where ever you go!

May He give you peace within, strength for each troubling day, and joy deep within knowing He is the Lord....YOUR Lord and Savior who is always there to listen and send you His help in His time!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

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I do know God loves me

I've been blessed with a loving family, a working brain, and I've felt like He puts me where I need to be.

I've asked God to lead me but I feel it's more like He's dragging me lol

One thing that separates me in thought from many Christians is the idea that Christ is the only way. I cannot believe that 5 billion other people are damned to hell for living their culture but that Christians aren't also damned to hell for living our culture. I honestly believe that we all deserve hell, and I don't respond well to people who say that other people are going to hell. Saying that about people doesn't seem very Christian to me.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Hell is the eternal grave

Eternal life is just what it says it is....Eternal Life!

Eternal death is just what it says it is...Eternal death!

Eternal destruction is what it says it is...Eternal destruction!

It is not an eternal suffering as many teach.

Live each day as best as you can with the Lord on your thoughts, and keep others in prayer who give every appearance of being unsaved.

Be a light in this very dark world and leave all those things unto Him that neither you nor I can control.

I truly have come to where I am content in whatever state I am in because I know I am what I am, and I am where I am because it is His will for me. I so long for His coming and the life to come!

Peace

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

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I tend to think of hell as God giving us what we love

I think hell is our favorite sin. It's God giving us what we love more than Him. Like a friends way of saying to a misguided friend "fine, you want to be a drug addict, go ahead and stay away from me"

That's just my opinion.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson