Tom Brady and Brett Favre two of the NFL’s most decorated quarterbacks recently spoke about Concussions and CTE. When they speak football, people tend to listen and when they speak Concussions people really start to listen. With concussions and CTE occupying every news channel these days it is hard to argue the link between contact football and the startling statistics. Here we have 2 healthy quarterbacks one still current and the other recently retired sitting down and discussing the effects of Concussions and CTE in the NFL. Although Tom doesn’t come right out and say it there is a sense of differing opinions on the subject.
On April 12th, Brett Favre sat down with Megyn Kelly and he opened up about some things that he feels are important for youngsters to know before they begin contact sports like football.
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) April 12, 2018
Brett states “But as we’re learning about concussions, there’s a term we use in football and maybe other sports, that I got ‘dinged.’ When you have ringing of the ears, seeing stars, that is a concussion. If that’s a concussion, then I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands, throughout my career, which is frightening.” Favre added that he worries about developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as he ages.”
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 2, 2018
On the other end of the spectrum current 5 Time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady, answered this past week if he was concerned about CTE in the NFL and he states “As an athlete you have to understand the risks, too, of playing. And yeah, you do…it’s a contact sport, collisions, a lot of hits to the head and so forth. But again, how can I be proactive about that? How can I build up my brain strength so that when I do take a hit there’s a little bit of armor there, so to speak?”
Tom adds “I do brain games almost daily,
5 to 10 minutes a day to just keep me really sharp. If I take a big hit in the game, I go right back to certain protocols that I have for head trauma, so to speak. And I feel like they really do work for me, and again, to describe those to other.”
There is no denying that football has provided a quality of life for both Tom, Brett and their families but at what cost is yet to be determined. Both of these athletes are still in their 40s and the effects of repetitive concussions and CTE do not generally begin appearing until years after the onset of head impacts.One thing for sure is these quarterbacks advocate for player safety.
Brett Favre makes a good point when he says “The brain and just the skull itself, for (8- to 15-year-olds), and maybe even older, is not developed enough and they should not be playing tackle football,” Favre said. “We should protect them, especially when there is no treatment solution out there.”
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