NFL’s head of health and safety advisory: Football has gotten safer

AP

In the wake of Chris Borland’s sudden retirement due to concerns about his long-term health, the safety of football has again entered the forefronts of our minds.

According to Dr. John York, the 49ers’ co-chairman and head of the NFL’s healthy and safety advisory committee, football has indeed become less dangerous.

I think the game has gotten safer,” Dr. York said via CSN Bay Area. “I have no problem with [Borland’s] conclusion. I just think there are things that show positive trends.”

The NFL continues to tell us that concussions are down across the league after implementing recent rule changes that have taken “head shots” out of the game, instead putting the focus on tackling between the numbers. As a result, there are fewer brain injuries, but we’re seeing more and more careers wrecked by blown-up knees.

Per Dr. York, concussions have decreased by 36 percent the past two seasons, and helmet-to-helmet hits are down by 50 percent over the same time period.

We’re never going to see the day that football is without concussions because the players in the trenches — the offensive linemen, defensive linemen, fullbacks, and linebackers — are banging heads every, single play. Those are the players that tend to suffer most in their post-playing careers.

7 responses to “NFL’s head of health and safety advisory: Football has gotten safer

  1. You lost me at…..

    “According to Dr. John York, the 49ers’ co-chairman and head of the NFL’s healthy and safety advisory committee.”

  2. It’s not any safer really.

    We just have fancy names for getting hurt now…their is no new prevention for it or any new remedy for it.

    Just like war…..they used to call it shell shock and now they call it PTSD. In football, you used to get your bell rung….and now you go through concussion protocol.

    There is no way around it. NFL football is violent and people will get hurt. But players understand these risks. Don’t blow smoke by saying it’s safer. It’s just not really…nor, because of it’s nature, will it ever be.

  3. Per Dr. York, concussions have decreased by 36 percent the past two seasons, and helmet-to-helmet hits are down by 50 percent over the same time period.

    A third of concussions are unreported this is according the the NFL’s actuaries (See Edleman in the Super Bowl) 36% – 33% = 3%. Thats the real number.

    Back of the head concussions..i.e. back of head to turf is the same.

    One question to ask the NFL guys is “would you let your kids play football”? Ask Dr. York and Dr. Maroon that question.

  4. The last name YORK is synonymous with integrity in the NFL, as we all well know. This is the same guy who, when first running the team, installed coin operated dispensers for refreshments throughout the facility, so that all the players had to pay for bottled water. This isn’t an issue of whether or not NFL players can afford to pay for bottled water, but rather that a licensed physician who is married to a billionaire heiress thought that proper hydration shouldn’t be available to all players, all the time, especially since I haven’t heard of adorable little coin pouches being stitched into uniform pants.

    The fact that anyone with any kind of decision-making power within the NFL would appoint this lying, greedy scumbag to head up a safety advisory committee (and obviously backed up by other decision-makers) is simply further proof that the NFL is run by some of the most crooked of 1%ers in this country.

    Hey Doc York, why does the NFL still “own” the medical records of all of its players? Why are they not allowed to have copies of their own NFL medical records when wanting to seek an independent third party medical opinion? There is no other private company in the US who retains ownership of their employees’ medical records, and no “regular” physicians who are legally allowed to deny a patient’s request for their own records.

    Anyone else who took the time to read the interviews and comments made by Chris Borland (rather than just the headlines) will also recall that even this careful and intelligent player stated that he played through an undisclosed concussion in training camp last year because he didn’t want to risk not making the roster. That’s very likely to have been a significant contributing factor for his further research into the topic.

  5. And football doesn’t cause dementia. Greg hardy is a just misunderstood, and paying him large sums of cash actually demonstrates just how serious the NFL is about domestic abuse. AP is actually a really good dad. The league can’t afford cameras to provide good angles for the biggest plays. Finally, football stadiums are a brilliant use of tax dollars and benefit the community more than the league.

    Just another day in the NFL newsroom.

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