Archive for September, 2011

Federal Centers For Disease Control Goes Into the Concussion Protocol Business

Published September 28th, 2011, Uncategorized

Prodded by Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, both of New Jersey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has agreed to develop national guidelines for student sports concussions. USA Today‘s account is at http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011-09-28/Lawmakers-CDC-to-have-student-concussion-protocol/50587808/1. Though this is a good step in theory, what remains to be seen is who will comprise CDC’s protocol-drafting […]

Still Missing in Action on Concussions: Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator Richard Blumenthal

Published September 28th, 2011, Uncategorized

Below is my email-and-fax message yesterday to Marissa Padilla (for Senator Tom Udall), Karen Lightfoot (for Congressman Henry Waxman), and Kate Hansen and Lily Adams (for Senator Richard Blumenthal). There has been no response. For another update, please respond to the item below. ================= Missing in Action on Concussions: Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Henry Waxman, […]

The Search for Records on Dave Duerson’s ‘Meticulously Executed’ Suicide

Published September 28th, 2011, Uncategorized

Dave Duerson, the former football star, shot himself to death at his condo in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, on February 17. In addition to being identified by autopsy as a victim of chronic traumatic encephelopathy, he was a National Football League Players Association-appointed trustee of the Bert Bell / Pete Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan. In […]

Stefan Fatsis Not Only Makes the Occasional Trip to the Bathroom Like the Rest of Us. He Also Watches TV!

Published September 27th, 2011, Uncategorized

In Monday’s penetrating installment of the Slate-Deadspin NFL Roundtable, Slate sports editor Josh Levin writes: Our friend Stefan Fatsis relates the following conversation in the Fox studio after the Giants-Eagles game. Howie Long: “[Vick] wasn’t right today.” Curt Menefee: “Yeah, he wasn’t.” Long: “It just didn’t seem like he was 100 [percent]. Something was off.” […]

Latest From Fixing Football (Middlebrow Division)

Published September 27th, 2011, Uncategorized

Linda Carroll and David Rosner have a book called Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic, and they’re interviewed about it at the website of The Atlantic. See http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/how-to-fix-sports-concussion-crisis/245733/#.ToH1HQ7dioU.email. I love this take in an email from author-blogger Matt Chaney (whose longer writings everyone can follow at http://blog.4wallspublishing.com/): Latest cutting-edge authors stay stepping to establishment […]