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    Concussion protocols have been in the spotlight in soccer recently. The USL has a new proposal for handling head injuries that looks promising.

    http://www.espn.com/soccer/united-so...ussion-problem
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    And water polo searches for one....

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...508-story.html
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    A long story in today's NY Times deals with hockey.

    Headline: The N.F.L. Has Been Consumed by the Concussion Issue. Why Hasn’t the N.H.L.?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/s...-boogaard.html

    Two things seem certain: One, more players will die and be found to have C.T.E. “This is one of those fields where the more you know, the less good the news is,” said Ken Dryden, the author and Hall of Fame goaltender.
    Two, the N.H.L. will deny playing a part. It is what the league has done since the start.
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    Oh, my! More bad news for NFLers who've had concussions:

    Headline: Harvard study links NFL head trauma to erectile dysfunction, low testosterone

    https://sports.yahoo.com/harvard-stu...023725473.html
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    now that'll get a few peoples' attention!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Headline: Harvard study links NFL head trauma to erectile dysfunction and low testosterone
    Isn't that ironic.
    [I'm not even trying to be flip about this and downplay the seriousness of the subject, but]
    they got into football because they had too much testosterone. This could be seen as a karmic way of trying to reduce the hypergonadism.
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    "The study hypothesized that damage to the pituitary gland from head trauma called hypopituitarism could play a role in lower testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction."

    I remember James Toney had this problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8DXiCr3-jE
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    Youth sports participation:

    Tackle football and soccer down.
    Baseball up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotDutra5 View Post
    Youth sports participation:
    Tackle football and soccer down.
    Baseball up.
    My guess is that soccer won't go anywhere (although heading the ball may go away for youth players), but I sure see tackle football disappearing all the way through high school, then eventually NCAA also. Instead of flag football, it will be replaced by some electronic gadgetry that indicates a 'tackle'. Real tackling will be a DQing offense, as targeting is now.
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    There seems to be far more mentally and physically sound old former pro soccer players proportionally than former NFL players and pro boxers. I'd say the risk of even a competitive career of heading balls would be a magnitude smaller or so, probably even smaller than that of amateur boxers.
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