Tennessee State football player Christion Abercrombie in critical condition after head injury necessitated emergency brain surgery, according to reports.
Wherein I start by talking about female athlete concussions, and invariably return to men.
In which Conor Williams explains why he’s done with football.
On the subject of my musings on sports and journalism, here’s a telling excerpt about the media’s treatment of football-related concussions from The New Yorker:
The Journal says that getting rid of helmets and the traditional three point stance may reduce the risk of head injuries on the football field. Pretty interesting stuff, although these solutions were first mentioned in a great GQ article on sports concussions I blogged awhile back.
The Week has a good article on the reaction of many pro athletes to new concussion-related concerns. They’ve also put together a helpful summary of other news and opinion pieces on the subject.
Seriously, this should be a bigger deal. The NFL is literally making shit up about the long-term impact of player collisions:
Contra Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell’s latest article isn’t 2009’s best piece of sports journalism. In fact, it’s not even the best article about football-related concussions. For that, you’ll have to go to GQ’s “Game Brain,” an absolutely frightening look at the long-term consequences of on-field collisions. I’ve always enjoyed football, but I never really considered…