Junior Seau's Suicide, Truly Sad

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by Andrew Coughlin

 The timing of death due to suicide is never right, but Junior Seau's apparent suide couldn't be worse timing for an NFL that's trying to seem like it has control over excessive concussions due to extremely brutal hits.  The reality is that the NFL's concussion policy is relatively young. The NFL started doing research on concussions in the early 1990s and in-depth research about a decade later.

Former players are now donating their brains for scientific research after they die, so scientists can get a larger sample size to research and a better understanding of what's happening to them during and after their playing careers.  Dave Duerson, a former player and suicide victim, shot himself in the chest so that his brain would remain intact for scientists to study. 

The results of that research has led to a better understanding of CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition due to head trauma; something many football players are suceptable to on a daily basis.

Do not be suprised to see great, radical changes in the way football will be played in the coming years.  Getting rid of the kickoff, quaterbacks being protected even more than they already are and doing away with some of the protective gear that is used more for bashing someone's head in than it is to protect.

I am not a medical expert, but Ali Mohamadi of sbnation.com is and he wrote a fantastic article on Seau's death.  He also gives an informative and comprehensive look at CTE.

I highly recommend this article.  Let me know what you think.

www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/5/3/2995317/junior-seau-suicide-traumatic-brain-injury-cte

Here's another nicely written article by usnews.com's Susan Milligan.  She brings up some interesting questions and hits on some good points in regard to the NFL's future.  I like this article because she isn't  a writer from the sports world, yet offers an interesting perspective. 

Have a read, I think you'll find it interesting as well.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/susan-milligan/2012/05/03/junior-seau-suicide-brings-tough-questions-for-nfl-college-football

I am intrigued in your views and comments on this issue.  Please let me know your thoughts on the matter.

Send emails to acoughlin@cbs58.com.

 

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