October 20, 2013
2013 is turning out to be a watershed year for our understanding of the dangers inherent in playing football. The lens through which we view the relationship between football and brain trauma is now in HD. In addition to what we learned from impact studies, PET scan research and treatment possibilities, a superb documentary film about the NFL and brain trauma aired on PBS. What we now know has offered glimpses as to how to make football safer going forward. This is a year worth reviewing. Let's begin with its most surprising research.
When the words marijuana and football are seen together, it's typically because a player has been busted for using the drug. What other reason could there possibly be? Well, as it turns out, there is an important connection between the two.