Neuroscientist to Goodell: “Stop with the … Avoidance”

Erin Sharoni, contributor to CNBC Sports Biz and Jim Rome on Showtime talked with neuroscientist and brain researcher Dr. Daniel Amen this week on Spreecast and the doctor had some strong words for Roger Goodell and the NFL.

It’s definitely worth a listen or at least a glance at the highlights on HHR.

“I would make the NFL a brain-healthy organization, I would own the problem. I heard [Commissioner Roger Goodell] say recently, ‘well, we really don’t know’ and he needs to stop that, because we really do know that this is a brain damaging sport. So, stop with the denial, or the avoidance, and start rehabilitating these players on an ongoing basis…”

“The other thing I do, and probably the lawsuits will force [the NFL] to do it, is go find all of the people who’ve played, all the people who’ve built the NFL, the retired players, and start getting them evaluated and rehabilitated. It’s the only fair thing to do.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The proof against the injuries that players suffer while playing football is getting more and more overwhelming.  One of the most interesting points to me was that since the damage often takes place in the frontal lobe, it might accelerate the loss of coordination and balance for players, thereby shortening their careers.  Dr. Amen has some good insight into the causes and potential treatments that are known at this point in time.  We understand that this sport is not for the faint of heart and we respect the players who play.  Still, we hope that players and teams are aware of the resources that might help them stay healthy longer.




12 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Joe Alegre Reese changing his thought process drafting by need and not BPA. Solid draft so far, although I would have rather had Peat over Flowers in the 1st. 3 more picks to go (if Reese doesn't trade back or up). still needs to address CB/DT on the D-side. maybe a RB or WR as well

thom
thom

he has no fat.......carries 270 pounds like a 220 pound guy......again, if he wasn't in the DL category I would think he's a LB........very fluid......does not look tight at all......

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Don't look now but where coming at Ya!!!

jayhawkey
jayhawkey

@thom Another young Kiwanuka .....I remember Kiwi's first year...a complete terror in the backfield...coaches dream...just like a first year JPP.......then as a couiple of years pass they dissapear..let's hope this guy doesn't.

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I would be thrilled if the defensive tackle from Iowa Carl Davis somehow got to the fourth round.....oh crap I forgot we don't have a 4th round pick

..ughhh nevermind he went to the Ravens

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

One draft prognosticator said that Carl runs like his feet hurt...... Probably best that he wasn't available....

Joe Alegre
Joe Alegre

Finally...a draft that makes sense OT, S, and DE...all big needs. Excellent draft thus far.

Igwe Jah-Jah Williams
Igwe Jah-Jah Williams

Another good pick and good value to boot. Though I wonder if its going to be another year where the Giants pretend they have good LBs.

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

Most times when the Giants pick a defensive player with a funny looking name the guy plays pretty well

Raymond S Henry
Raymond S Henry

Not bad at all. I have trouble saying his name. He's raw but could end up being a nice pass rusher with Moore and JPP