Dr. Robert Cantu, the Boston sports concussion media go-to guy, has a book coming out in the fall entitled Concussions and Our Kids: America’s Leading Expert on How To Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe. I hope everyone reads it. We support fellow writers here. (I just returned from New York, where I participated in an all-day mediation session, presided over by the esteemed Ken Feinberg, in the long-deadlocked freelance journalists’ class action copyright settlement with the periodicals and electronic database industries.)
But if you who can’t come up with the $27 for Cantu’s sage literature, let me direct you to eight pithy words of analysis by New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden, appearing Sunday on the ESPN show The Sports Reporters:
“There is no safe way to play football.”
(Thanks to colleague Matt Chaney for the pointers.)
For those of you who missed this the first time, let’s slow it down: There. Is. No. Safe. Way. To. Play. Football.
With that in mind, let’s all hope that Cantu, in his book, offers less ambiguous advice than his earlier statements – fuzzily stated and quickly walked back – on whether kids should be playing tackle football, period.
And while we wait to read Cantu’s long-form slice-and-dice of the football concussion crisis, I immodestly encourage everyone also to read the first three titles in the Concussion Inc. ebook series:
UPMC: Concussion Scandal Ground Zero, http://amzn.to/A0Hq2g
OUT OF MY HEAD: My Life In and Out of Football by George Visger, http://amzn.to/znZui.
Those without Kindle devices or apps can order a PDF copy of any of these books by remitting the retail price via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.