Journalist Matt Chaney: Past Catastrophic Football Injuries Underreported, and 2011 Toll ‘Could Be a Record’

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Journalist Matt Chaney, author of the steroids-in-football history Spiral of Denial, is compiling data on catastrophic injuries this year in football at all levels. With more than 70 survivor cases of conditions such as brain hemorrhage and spinal fracture, the 2011 toll “could be a record,” Chaney reports.

Chaney’s findings “belie talk of ‘culture change’ by football officials, their popular claim of ‘safer’ football in America, and raise question whether catastrophic injuries of the inherently brutal sport are significantly under-reported in record-keeping of the present and past.”



Irv Muchnick


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