Originally posted by tjd808185:
I don't think the problem is exaggerated but outside of putting skirts on them there's not much else they can do. I've seen conflicting reports on the average lifespan of NFL players. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NFL players live longer than the average american due to their lack of smoking. Less cancer related deaths. Heart disease is an issue but statisically only a problem to guys with a high body mass index which could be a growing problem in today's NFL. I'm not even sure it is conflicting data though because the more I look into the more I see that 55 number is just something the NFLPA threw out there. According to the same study suicide rate is at 59% of the national average, but It should be noted that this is a study on guys from 55-84 so maybe things have changed and escalated with the game.
There have been tremendous improvements in equipment, medical treatment, and rule changes to prevent all types of injuries. If you think they should wear dresses I don't see how it will help but...whatever! I would agree that this is a complex problem that is not likely to be completely eliminated, but they should continue trying.
Much of the problem is macho attitude that keeps players from being honest, and it is worse at younger ages. HS kids do not want to miss games, but they do not have access to the training and medical staffs of the NFL. People are foolish at times with their own safety.
The rule against hitting unprotected players is partly a result of the D Stingley injury. And it has likely saved many players from serious injury. The Stingley case was similar to Bounty Gate, as the Raider players competed for hurting opponents. This attitude has no place in sports...but is human nature to some extent. That means organizations have to guard against it.