Concussion Inc.’s survey of pre-Super Bowl coverage includes the news that Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah, 26, who feared that his career was over after suffering four concussions in the last two seasons and spending the final five games of 2011 on injured reserved, has been cleared to play … by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center!
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that “Abdullah consulted with doctors Micky Collins and Joseph Maroon, who gave him exercise, diet and football technique tips on how to lessen chances for more damage.” See http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_19802788.
The story doesn’t add, though I think we all can infer, that before issuing their sanguine prognosis, Maroon and Collins subjected Abdullah to the rigors of the ImPACT concussion management test. Which they happen to own and contract to the National Football League.
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Our third ebook title, ex-San Francisco 49er George Visger’s OUT OF MY HEAD: My Life In and Out of Football, will be published next week.