The NHL has been aware of the growing evidence of brain damage in the sport and has limited full contact practice to once per week. They have made settlements to 4500 former players and/or their families for their injuries. Some colleges have also limited the full contact practises as have some of the secondary schools where they have programmes. Research is being done to develop helmets that will give a visual signal when they receive a blow strong enough to cause head trauma.
Other contact sports have had players suffer repeated head trauma. Hockey, pro-wrestling, mixed martial arts, Aussie rules football, rugby are a few sports where concussive blows to the head add up. Even soccer or football, “the beautiful game” can damage players who head the ball repeatedly.
Will things change soon in professional sports? Not likely. There is too much money to be made. Advertising, gambling, souvenirs all generate billions of dollars in addition to seat sales for one Super Bowl game. The men who aspire to play in these big-leagues are more like the old gladiators than they may realize.
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