* Yahoo!Voices published an interview with Andrea Kremer, the NFL Network’s chief correspondent for health and safety issues. She talked about the future of safety issues in the league.
As concussions increasingly receive more attention, Kremer believes that the players’ “athletic mentality” is working against themselves as they bash heads with other players.
“One of the biggest challenges is that [the NFL] cannot legislate the player’s mindset. When they’re playing in a game, the adrenaline is flowing?and if they get hurt, they will do anything to stay in the game. Players have to be protected from themselves.”
“What makes NFL players so great may also lead to their downfall.”
* AutoWeek profiled auto racing inventor Bill Simpson, whose helmet company is trying to build a better football helmet.
The cost of the helmets will be determined by a sales manager; Simpson wants no part of that since it’s not his expertise. But he stressed it’s not about the money for him.
?First of all, you don’t make money manufacturing things — it’s a grind,? the 72-year-old said. ?You become a millionaire by buying land and leasing it.
?But I don’t give a damn if this is for a quarterback making $100 million or a kid playing youth football. A head is a head to me. I always felt that way in racing. I never cared if I was trying to save Mario Andretti or somebody running a Saturday-night bomber. They can get burned the same.?
* ESPN TrueHoop’s series on the safety of the NBA featured former player Brian Scalabrine, who lied about his concussions to Boston Celtics doctors.
The symptoms were this: I couldn?t sleep longer than three-and-a-half hours. So every three-and-a-half hours, I would wake up for two hours, then try to go back to sleep for three hours, then I?d wake up again. Another symptom was that I couldn’t handle light, at all, so I?d wear dark, dark sunglasses all the time. And every time I tried to exercise, I would get really light-headed. So for me to be cleared, I had to be cool on all three. Well, I just lied. At the end of the day, I made that decision and I was happy with that decision. I?m completely fine with that because I look for opportunities; I was an opportunistic guy. I played 11 years in the NBA without a lot of talent, so I tried to take advantage of the opportunity in front of me. Regardless of how I felt, I was playing through that. I just said I?ll just deal with this stuff later.
* The Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin wrote about how hockey helmets are not made to prevent concussions.
* ReutersHealth reported on the increasing injury rate tied to snowboarding.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor