The National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research isn’t a well known organization, but I thought it might be a good idea to pay it some attention in light of the recent news about NFL players suffering concussion. According to them, there have been over a thousand football-related deaths since 1933. I took a look at their brain injury data, but felt that it was too broad to warrant any clinical significance. As with military TBIs, the right data just isn’t available.
So what can be done? Football players need to ask what actions the NFL is taking TODAY for brain injury prevention.
They should demand screening, training, and supportive measures in the event a brain injury is detected.
For those of us with loved ones who play football, we need to make sure they know the basics about prevention. One of the best tools available is the CDC’s coach’s kit at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi/coaches_tool_kit.htm