Millions of fans glue themselves to their TVs to watch the NFL playoffs, and the Super Bowl on February 2nd. The issue of player brain injuries has yet again, taken main stage . While the NFL has imposed tougher rules to guard the players from concussions and its consequences, “the focus on concussions is overdue; less attention is paid of the pervasive use of painkillers in locker rooms, leaving some players, eager to keep their livelihood, oblivious to potential serious injuries”, the New York Times writes. According to the Frontline’s Concussion Watch, there were 147 concussions in 2013, or average of 10 per week.
“Football is one of the most popular sports in the country. Due to the dangers involved, the NFL needs to continue to protect its players. In addition, parents need to accept the fact the risks involved for their kids are very high!”, said Dr. Tehrany.
Football, its popularity reaches young people and children too, its perils should be taken just as seriously, explains Manhattan Orthopedic Care specialist Dr. Armin Tehrany. The NFL should be transparent about the management of the injuries, and be brave in promoting safety and medical education about the risks involved.