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Could NFL, General Electric partnership change the way concussions are detected and treated? Elizabeth Cohen explains

A new partnership announced today could be good news for preventing head injuries in the NFL.

The league is partnering with General Electric to develop new technologies to prevent and detect concussions.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on how this partnership could improve concussion treatment.


Filed under: Concussions • Medical advancements • NFL
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  1. Wardell Henley

    Just a comment pertaining to the concern about Injuries, in American Football, I am just concern why you have not shown the same interest in injuries in other sports . I have listed the following categorie, obtain from performing Google research;
    Most Dangerous Professional Sports
    • Mixed martial arts.
    • BOXING
    • Tennis
    • golf
    • lacrosse
    • ice hockey
    • horseback riding
    • softball
    • baseball
    • skateboarding
    • motorsports,/ cycling
    • football

    Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports in the World
    10. BASE Jumping: Dangerous Free Jumps
    9. High Altitude Climbing: Race Against Height and Cold
    8. Gaelic Football: Extreme Soccer
    7. Street Luging: High Speed Skateboards
    6. Bull Riding: Hanging on for Seconds
    5. Cave Diving: Dangerous Underwater Darkness
    4. Helicopter Freestyle Skiing: Dangerous Mountain Slopes
    3. Big Wave Surfing: Battling The Wild Ocean
    2. Bull Running: Powerful Bulls and Sharp Horns
    1. Motorcycle Racing: Most Dangerous Sports in the World

    Since, many consider Football more of a cultural tradition, then just a mere sport, I have included the following category;

    Top 10 Most Dangerous Traditions Around the World in Modern Era
    1. New Years Dive: Siberia, Russia
    2. Polar Bear Plunge: Maryland, USA
    3. Firework Battle: Chios, Greece
    4. Baby Dropping Ritual: Solapur, India
    5. Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling: Gloucester, England
    6. Onbashira: Tokyo, Japan
    7. Goat Tossing Festival: Spain
    8. Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival: Yanshui, Taiwan
    9. Running of the bulls: Pamplona, Spain
    10. College Hazing: Bandung, Indonesia

    I have also included the following cultural Traditions;
    Dangerous Cultural Traditions
    Maasai Africa Customs and Traditions
    When a Masai boy leaves boyhood, he enters the morani or warrior class. He is expected to be brave enough to spear a lion. If a warrior holds the tail of a lion as it dies he is awarded with that lion's mane and gains great honor in his tribe. The ceremony for boys entering the morani is held every seven years
    Preference for Sons Runs Deep
    In many societies, preference for sons is a powerful tradition. This preference manifests itself in neglect, deprivation, and discriminatory treatment of daughters to the detriment of their physical and mental health. Male preference adversely affects females through inequitable allocation of food, education, and health care, a disparity frequently reinforced throughout life.

    Male preference begins early in life. In regions where this practice is firmly entrenched, high rates of poverty and infant mortality frequently occur. Parents with scarce economic resources may feel that it is more important for male children to survive. Dowries, to be paid when daughters marry, may be a further incentive for son preference. As a result, female children and infants are often fed after males and receive food of lower nutritional value. In rural Bangladesh malnutrition is nearly three times as common among girls as among boys. Further, boys are more than twice as likely as girls to receive medical care for diarrhea. In India, every sixth infant death is specifically due to practices arising from son preferences.5

    Let’s Not Forget, abuse, tribalism, and racism at English Football / Soccer game
    In the aftermath of the publication of the Hillsborough report, one of the more polite United posters questioned why it was that Liverpool supporters had been involved in two stadium disasters, a reference to Heysel, when 39 fans were killed ahead of the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and the Merseyside club.
    The social media abuse surrounding football was referenced in a Parliamentary report on Wednesday that concluded English football continues to be troubled by the scourge of racism, as well as homophobia and “laddish” behaviour.
    “Recent incidents of racist abuse in the UK, both on and off the pitch, have highlighted the fact that there remain significant problems,” concluded the report.
    One of those recent incidents is a reference to the racism cases involving Patrice Evra of Manchester United and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez as well as Chelsea's John Terry and Anton Ferdinand of QPR.
    In December, the English Football Association handed Suarez an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine after finding the Uruguayan guilty of racially abusing Evra.
    On Saturday, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand also refused to shake the hand of Chelsea captain John Terry following allegations Terry made racist comments to Ferdinand last season.
    That prompted Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor to suggest the current handshake row was in danger of becoming a "mafia feud".
    It might sound hard to believe but the game is less toxic that in used to be.

    I present to you, why have you not addressed the need for changes in these sports and traditions? Could it be the value of all 32 teams in the NFL combined is around $30 billion, and 99 percent of the sports listed above do not have a governing body of that net worth therefore not making it attractive for someone to bring legal ligation?
    In closing if you cannot apply equal concern for health in all dangerous sport event, then just leave them all alone. Please do not single out America Football, as the root of all evil.

    March 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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