Friday, January 11, 2013

Sports concussions: Bells are rung in Arkansas, too

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

billray.jpg
  • Sporting Life Arkansas
Of course there's an Arkansas angle to the developing story of the lasting brain damage now being linked to football thanks to inadequate equipment, poor technique and, even with all precautions, the happenstance of punishing blows attendant to high-speed collisions of powerful athletes.

(Did my high school football coaches really exhort us to "Ring those Riddells," meaning to aggressively use Riddell-brand helmets as spears, ideally by interior linemen knocking them directly against helmets of the opposing team? Did we really judge our worthiness by the number of paint scars from opponents' helmets on our own? Are we stupider now on account of our stupidity then?)

But back to the Arkansas angle.

Evin Demirel has written an important piece for the new website, Sporting Life Arkansas, about the lawsuit by former NFL players over brain disease linked to football trauma. It notes:

More than 4,000 former players are suing the NFL in federal court, many of whom are alleging the link between football and brain damage, even after CTE was discovered in former players. As of November, 2012, some of these player-plaintiffs included native Arkansans or former Razorbacks like Joe Ferguson, Keith Jackson, Willie Roaf, Wayne Martin, Trey Junkin and Billy Ray Smith, Jr. [that's his father, another hard-hitting former Hog, whose photo was used in this illustration by Sporting Life, not his son, as we originally said.]

Sporting Life hopes to encourage some discussion, in part with a poll at the link on whether developing news about brain juries might encourage parents to guide a 13-year-old from football to another sport.

Would you?

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Monticello preparing for KKK rally

    Drew County authorities are taking precautions, but also watching their words, about apparent plans for a Ku Klux Klan meeting Saturday.
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • The Arkansas Medicaid scandal: the state is purging the rolls of tens of thousands of eligible beneficiaries

    Tens of thousands of Arkansans have been kicked off of Medicaid for failure to respond to an income verification letter. Many of them are eligible for the program according to the very data that triggered the letter in the first place.
    • Aug 6, 2015
  • 'How to decimate a city' — a big freeway

    Reporting from around the U.S. continues to illustrate the folly of the Arkansas highway department and construction boosters like the chamber of commerce and Vice Mayor Lance Hines in advocating ever wider freeways through the heart of Little Rock. Syracuse, N.Y., is looking for a better way in a debate remarkably similar to the debate about widening Interstate 30 in Little Rock.
    • Nov 20, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation