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(WebMD)   NFL players found to be more likely to develop depression. ... especially the ones who spent their entire career with the Cleveland Browns   (webmd.com) divider line 15
    More: Sad, NFL, University of Texas at Dallas, football, concussion  
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2013-01-10 07:56:26 AM  
Not news: CTE. News: Seau was diagnosed with CTE.
 
2013-01-10 08:05:58 AM  
Depression is understandably higher and should be expected to be higher.

Most athletes although they try to prepare themselves are not ready for the extreme changes of being "in the spotlight" and actively playing one day to nobody remembers who you are and your broke and sitting at home with nothing to do a few years later. The extreme high fall down to the ordinary low can explain the increase likelyhood of depression.

What should really concern people is when cognitive ability is hindered through brain damage. THAT is scary business. Having football increase this likelyhood is what needs to be concentrated on. However one would have to assume running full steam head first into either moving or non moving players is not the best way to treat your brain.
 
2013-01-10 08:06:15 AM  

PowerSlacker: Not news: CTE. News: Seau was diagnosed with CTE.


At some point I expect we're going to see a shiat-ton of lawsuits involving football players at the high school and college level. If they are able to show that they have CTE, the schools are absolutely liable in this day and age where medical studies are (and have been) available. It would be similar to the tobacco companies; the reason those lawsuits worked was because it was shown that there was sufficient medical evidence that the tobacco companies ignored.

For years, football organizations have been able to argue that there is no clear evidence relating football to what is now known as CTE. Those studies are starting to come out, though.

I don't think the NFL will change radically. There's so much money and power involved there that I bet all that happens is that players have to sit through a class and sign a waiver. I wouldn't be surprised to see high school football go to flag football, though.
 
2013-01-10 08:52:26 AM  
Allowing children to play full contact football is child abuse. Contact football should be banned from high school on down.
 
2013-01-10 08:56:23 AM  

Slaves2Darkness: Allowing children to play full contact football is child abuse. Contact football should be banned from high school on down.


Meh, I agree that pop warner should never be allowed and even middle school is questionable, but HS football was pretty safe. You just need to stress proper form and equipment use. Nobody on my HS football team received a concussion over the course of 4 years because we did form tackling drills every day.

/I had more concussions and hospital visits due to basketball
 
2013-01-10 09:01:08 AM  
Old news and there's a typo in the first line. Methinks WebMD is trying to get caught in the NFL playoff media tide.
 
2013-01-10 09:27:21 AM  
This came out also
 
2013-01-10 10:52:46 AM  
You have to understand a few things:

Most football players have the mental capacity of a 6 year old. They are taught to invest all of their emotional identity into a team. At some point that team abandons them by booting them off or they have to quit the team because they're too old to play. After that they've got a bunch of money that they don't know how to spend/invest properly because they're not smart and from the ghetto. They end up broke, alone, craving an emotional high from their team that they can't get and usually can't afford the massive amounts of weed, coke and whatever other drugs they have been doing since they were kids in the ghetto.

So yeah, not surprising that they get sad. Not our problem.
 
2013-01-10 10:57:12 AM  

thecpt: Slaves2Darkness: Allowing children to play full contact football is child abuse. Contact football should be banned from high school on down.

Meh, I agree that pop warner should never be allowed and even middle school is questionable, but HS football was pretty safe. You just need to stress proper form and equipment use. Nobody on my HS football team received a concussion over the course of 4 years because we did form tackling drills every day.

/I had more concussions and hospital visits due to basketball


Kids are a lot bigger in high school football than they used to be.   And it's not just proper equipment and better helmets that will help:

Camarillo says the mouth guards have already captured some startlingly hard hits, like the one that ended the season for a wide receiver. That collision registered an acceleration of 150 Gs, that's 150 times the acceleration gravity. "Pretty serious business," he says, "a standard boxing punch is probably between 10-20 Gs.

That's just acceleration in one direction. The player's head was also spinning at 2000 degrees per second-which means his head would have rotated five and a half times in one second if it weren't anchored to the neck. While it has long been suspected that this kind of angular acceleration plays a role in concussions, Camarillo says no one has gathered data on it. What's more disturbing is that angular acceleration has been completely ignored when it comes to football safety measures.
 
2013-01-10 11:00:18 AM  

thecpt: Slaves2Darkness: Allowing children to play full contact football is child abuse. Contact football should be banned from high school on down.

Meh, I agree that pop warner should never be allowed and even middle school is questionable, but HS football was pretty safe. You just need to stress proper form and equipment use. Nobody on my HS football team received a concussion over the course of 4 years because we did form tackling drills every day.

/I had more concussions and hospital visits due to basketball


That's part of the problem; the NFL has cleverly swayed the conversation to concussions and away from the bigger issue: collisions. The CTE studies are showing that the greater brain damage comes from piling up minor collisions over time than it does from getting a concussion and having to sit out. Any hit that jostles the brain inside the head matters, whether the head is hit or not.

Obviously the worst case is piling up massive concussions on top of repeat minor damage, but these studies suggest that accumulating minor collisions consistently does more damage than getting concussed and sitting out.
 
2013-01-10 11:14:35 AM  

Bullseyed: You have to understand a few things:

Most football players have the mental capacity of a 6 year old. They are taught to invest all of their emotional identity into a team. At some point that team abandons them by booting them off or they have to quit the team because they're too old to play. After that they've got a bunch of money that they don't know how to spend/invest properly because they're not smart and from the ghetto. They end up broke, alone, craving an emotional high from their team that they can't get and usually can't afford the massive amounts of weed, coke and whatever other drugs they have been doing since they were kids in the ghetto.

So yeah, not surprising that they get sad. Not our problem.


1/10, unless you also have the mental capacity of a 6 year old and haven't ever heard of CTE.
 
2013-01-10 11:20:09 AM  

PowerSlacker: Not news: CTE. News: Seau was diagnosed with CTE.


Bigger News: Seau was diagnosed with CTE without ever having been diagnosed with a concussion, which is the normal predictive indicator of CTE.

/And the NFL is more aloof about head trauma now than Major League Baseball was aloof about steroids a decade ago.
 
2013-01-10 11:42:49 AM  
I guess Robert Smith was smart to end his career when he did!

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2011/02/05/sports/nh3606981.txt
 
2013-01-10 12:28:53 PM  
Depression is a myth. They're just pussies. Man up
 
2013-01-10 11:40:58 PM  
Thank you for not saying Detroit Lions subby.
 
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