Debate over Concussions Will Only Intensify After Weekend of Traumatic Head Injuries and Vicious Hits

Debate over Concussions Will Only Intensify After Weekend of Traumatic Head Injuries and Vicious Hits

Debate over Concussions Will Only Intensify After Weekend of Traumatic Head Injuries and Vicious Hits

The 2010 NFL season may be best remembered for the vicious hits and numerous concussions that have been doled out.  Each week this season there seems to have been a number of concussions, but no Sunday may have been as devastating as this past weekend.

In a day of games filled with rattling blows, no less than three players suffered severe concussions.  For the season, the Philadelphia Eagles have already lost six different players to head trauma, none more frightening than the hit laid on wide receiver DeSean Jackson yesterday that left the talented youngster lying motionless on the turf for a short period.

In a well-timed online survey, The Harris Poll asked 2,620 adults their feelings on head injuries in football and what they feel should be done to curb what has become an increasing and disturbing trend.

The results of the poll indicate that fans may finally be saying enough is enough.  More than 8 in 10 respondents believed that players who have suffered a concussion should have to sit out a minimum length of time before returning the game action.  Eighty-three percent of respondents believed helmets should be changed to improve protection against traumatic head injuries.

After the day of hard, and often illegal, hits there was sentiment among NFL officials that players causing head injuries while performing an illegal hit would no longer be simply fined, but will face lengthy and immediate suspension.  The poll, which was conducted online between September 14 and 20, 2010, showed that just under 60% of adults felt players should face more severe penalties when inflicting an illegal blow resulting in a head injury.  One has to wonder what the results of that question would have been on Monday morning after a weekend which saw a player from Rutgers University paralyzed from a blow to the head on Saturday and a Sunday filled with limp bodies and woozy heads around NFL stadiums.


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