Football, Concussions, and the Mental Illness "issue"Submitted by No.7 on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:45
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?