Archive for June, 2011

View the Dissident NFL Retirees’ Washington Press Conference at Dave Pear’s Blog

Published June 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

Two days ago I posted comments by one-time San Francisco 49er Super Bowler George Visger, who has lived for nearly three decades with a crippling head injury. Visger was part of the delegation speaking on June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington in support of the lawsuit led by ex-Minnesota Viking great Carl […]

Chicago Tribune: ‘Doubts Cast on Concussion Remedies’

Published June 25th, 2011, Uncategorized

Health reporter Julie Deardorff has an excellent piece today at,0,761365,full.story. Some highlights: “Though parents routinely ask for a ‘concussion-proof’ helmet, there is no way to prevent a brain injury … short of not participating in the sport.” “[I]nstead of seeking out products, … parents should put their energy into familiarizing themselves with the often […]

Former San Francisco 49er George Visger Comments on Today’s Article at Beyond Chron

Published June 24th, 2011, Uncategorized

This was just posted as a comment to the previous item on the blog. But it warrants its own headline and posting. Irvin I agree with you, but think Ellenbogen is trying to do the right thing.  I played DT for the 49ers in 80 & 81 when I developed hydrocephalus from numerous concussions, and […]

‘And the NFL Band Played On’ … today at Beyond Chron

Published June 24th, 2011, Uncategorized

And the NFL Band Played On: Concussion Crisis Destined to Become Sports World Counterpart of AIDS Saga by Irvin Muchnick The absolute power of the National Football League has corrupted our sports culture absolutely. In his recent intemperate email to me, The New York Times’ concussion reporter, Alan Schwarz, complained that I have failed to […]

More From Matt Chaney: ‘Research of NFL Brain Trauma Sputters Along’

Published June 23rd, 2011, Uncategorized

Research of NFL Brain Sputters Along; Epidemiologic Study Nowhere in Sight for Afflicted Players Money quote: Critics of autopsy-based NFL research contend large-scale epidemiological study of living players is urgently needed, valid random clinical trial conducted by a multidisciplinary team of experts and preferably free from influence by the likely funding sources of football. […]