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Last Post 01/05/2023 12:43 PM by 79 pmooney. 6 Replies.
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79pmooney

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01/02/2023 09:09 PM
I'm listening to the Buffalo-Bengals game. It feels like I am listening to my accident 45 years ago. This is different. But difference in severity? 1/2 hour after, no knew then and no one at the field knows now other than the player is alive but not breathing on his own.

It's now an hour. Both teams headed for their lockers a 1/2 hour ago. Opposing coaches have been together and hugging. Again, different circumstances and time scale, but not all that different. I wish this player the best but I make no claim as what that is. I do know all to well the burden in front of "those who are lucky".
longslowdistance

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01/02/2023 09:29 PM
Very sad. I was watching the game. The injured player took a sharp blow to the front of his chest, not so much his head (by NFL standards), stood up then collapsed completely unconscious. A blow to the chest can trigger bad arrhythmias in young people, rarely. Or just some random thing. If they kept his brain oxygenated and got the arrhythmia under control, he'll very likely be OK. Pro soccer player Christianson had a similar near death episode not too long ago and is playing again full time. Implanted defibrillators = no more pro cycling in Italy. Don't know about the NFL.
79pmooney

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01/02/2023 10:10 PM
I hope you are right. The radio broadcasters kept saying there was hard helmet to helmet contact but in the realm of fairly normal hard NFL.
longslowdistance

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01/02/2023 10:39 PM
Correction: soccer player was Christian Erickson
Orange Crush

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01/05/2023 11:57 AM
Before Eriksen (correcting the correction) there was Daley Blind who received his defibrillator in 2019. His actually malfunctioned at some point and he had a second episode. But both were at WC playing all their respective games; Blind scored in game vs USA; he also just made a spectacular mid-season transfer to Bayern and passed the medicals. Eriksen is the more famous of the two because his collapse was so spectacular and in public eye of the world.

A lesser known German player may actually have had the first, in 2014, but he kept having issues and retired in 2018. And then of course there's Sonny Colbrelli who was forced to retire.
Orange Crush

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01/05/2023 12:39 PM
BTW - to Ben's original concern, similar issues also exist in the real football game, and the Scottish FA has stepped in recently; it seems like a no-brainer that this should be adopted world-wide:

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/36621/12757140/scottish-fa-to-ban-heading-before-and-after-matches-after-new-research
79pmooney

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01/05/2023 12:43 PM
The good news is that Hamlin is starting to come around. Opening his eyes, grasping hands. Seems no neurological damage. And maybe, in the big picture, this is good. It will shine a spotlight on our Nation's favorite obsession and the incredible amounts of money invested and reaped from the destruction of young men's bodies.

I just read a piece that pointed out this could happen on every play of every NFL game; that hits of that impact are common, that the collisions are comparable to a world class sprinter hitting a brick wall. A retired referee saying that he wondered multiple times every game if players would get up from their hits.

I have no idea where to draw the line. Football is one of the avenues of escape from poverty, sometimes of family poverty going on for centuries. It is far from the only dangerous sport. I played ice hockey back in the day when the pros left their teeth in their lockers. Gump Worsely stopped a Bobby Hull slapshot with his forehead and lived because the puck tumbled and hit on the flat. I've raced sailboats in races not all returned from. You couldn't have stopped me from racing bicycles the season after my accident.
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