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“That’s about what we do, to tell you the truth,” Spurrier said during the league’s Media Days. “To me, it doesn’t make any sense to get your own players hurt in practice. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”
The committee also found that research suggests that concussions not only have acute consequences, but also more long-term aftereffects. The multiple hits sustained in football, as distinct from those causing concussion, may have a role in the development of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in some individuals.
“Given the lack of data regarding the number or type of hits that may cause long-term consequences in certain individuals, the committee concluded that it is important to minimize the likelihood and severity of hits to the head,” Kim said. “Based on current and available data, we have taken appropriate steps to help ensure the safety of our football players, but as this remains an evolving area of study, future research must be monitored, and our recommendations could then be revisited and revised.”
Skorton said student-athletes need to recognize symptoms of concussion in themselves and their teammates, understand the severity of such injuries and the need to relay that information to medical personnel.
“Our goal is to emphasize that a concussion is a serious injury that requires immediate and proper treatment,” Skorton said, “including physical and cognitive rest, to promote healing.”
Surace said the coaches were kept abreast of the committee discussions and were not blindsided by the new rules. He also said he was impressed by the fair play in the league last season, noting there were only a few head-to-head hits that were brought to the league’s attention.
“Our guys have been able to avoid the bad hits, the targeted hits for the most part,” Surace said. “Sometimes there are bang-bang plays. I think very few are intentional but we have confidence they will be able to determine when they are.”
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