Friday, November 16, 2012

Concussions in the mainstream

Forgive us for blowing our own horn a bit, but the issue of concussions and other brain injuries amongst NFL players has been an issue we've tackled (in our own, small way) for nearly five years. Happily, a real news organization is getting involved.

ESPN (NOT a real news organization) and Frontline are collaborating on a "joint project to investigate the ongoing story of concussions in the National Football League." You can read more about that project here.

At the same time, Frontline has published a report highlighting the inconsistency, and incongruity, of the NFL's stance on traumatic brain injury amongst their players. That report includes previously unreleased documentation related to the disability claim of Steelers great Mike Webster, whose situation was the canary in coal mine on this issue.

We'll just say that Frontline, a PBS program, is one of the very best news/documentary programs on television, if not the best. To get an idea of the quality of their work watch an episode over at their website.

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