Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nobody recovers from a concussion in a week

Players in the National Football League routinely return from mild traumatic brain injuries just in time to participate in their team's next game, typically a week following the injury.  But now comes word that "lingering abnormalities in the gray matter of [the] left prefrontal cortex . . . could persist up to four months after the injury."

If the NFL is as serious about the well-being of its players as Commissioner Goodell claims then we would like to see teams have the option to place players on a "injured reserve -- concussion" status that would be 14 days in duration.  This would give players a chance to begin the healing process, and teams could get short-term flexibility for their rosters.