So as not to mess with the fans of the NFL over in the hand-egg thread, I thought I’d start a separate discussion about the health concerns of the NFL, school and college football, and other sports that face the same issue.
I watched Concussion last year, the movie about the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and it really opened my eyes to the real dangers of the sport. The name of the movie is, I think, a sign of the issue I had with understanding the trauma involved in playing the sport at every level.
Up until then, I had swallowed the NFL’s line about it only being dangerous when someone gets a hit to the head. As in, gets concussion. But the movie isn’t about concussions, it’s about the accumulated damage to the brain over all the impacts over the course of playing football, starting even in high school sports.
While I’m not American, so the NFL hasn’t been a big part of my life, as a general fan of various sports, I got into watching the games when I could and they were on, generally while working on cruise ships. I always enjoyed it! It’s like the peak of blunt athletic ability mixed with tactics and strategies far more advanced than pretty much any other sport.
But this year I decided I couldn’t watch it any more, as I couldn’t face extracting enjoyment from something that was continually and intentionally harming the participants. I haven’t been following results and I’ve not watched any games or updates. I’ve not missed it, as other sports have taken the load.
Then this morning, while skipping through the sports channels trying to find news about the Australian Open, I watched a short segment on the NFL. The barbarism of the sport hit me hard. After taking a break, it really stood out how dangerous it is for everyone on the field.
All this to say: I hope this sport dies. I hope it is closed down completely. No other sport wreaks as much damage as school, college and NFL football on so many lives.
I have more to say on the topix, but that’s enough for now.