PFT:NFL to warn players of concussion risks in every locker room

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    NFL to warn players of concussion risks in every locker room
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 27, 2010 3:17 PM ET
    There will be critics that point to the NFL's new strongly worded poster warning against the dangers of concussions, saying the message is too little, too late.

    To that, we say that the poster represents significant progress, no matter how overdue. And progress is a great thing when you can consider what is at stake.

    Alan Schwartz New York Times has an excellent writeup about the poster, which will be displayed in NFL locker rooms. The poster uses cautionary, sobering language about the devastating long-term effects of concussions and the importance of diagnosing them.

    As Schwartz points out, this replaces a shameful pamphlet the NFL used since 2007 that said "Current research with professional athletes has not shown that having more than one or two concussions leads to permanent problems if each injury is treated properly."

    The new poster has a much different tone, describing that dementia, depression, and memory problems can occur if concussions aren't treated properly.

    A copy of the poster can be viewed here. One poster can't change the entire NFL's culture, but it's a start.

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