When ex-NY Giant Tyler Sash died of an accidental overdose of pain medication in September 2015. His family donated his brain to Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation for testing. The family was suspicious of the circumstances surrounding Sash death, as he suffered with memory loss and issues with his temper. They wanted to know if he suffered from a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, aka C.T.E.
On Tuesday Boston Univ and the Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that Sash tested positive for an advanced form of CTE. On a scale of 0 to 4, Sash was rated as a stage 2. In comparison Junior Seau who played 20-seasons in the NFL, committed suicide at the age of 43 was also diagnosed as a stage 2.
Sash’s brother confirmed that Tyler had 1 confirmed concussion in college and 2 concussions as a pro. And of course the focus has been on the NFL and their policies on concussions.
What’s missing from the conversation is what is NOT being done at the college level.
Since 2011, the NFL has taken steps to reduce the amount of contact in practice and in the offseason. Youth leagues have followed the NFL and reduced contact as well. The only organized football organization not to regulate contact is the NCAA; as they have decided to instead give out practice recommendations.
It’s time the NFL take the proper steps and stop just recommending and mandating the reduction of contact.
At the NFL level the players association pushed for reduce contact in practice, and with kids parents pushed for change. Unfortunately there’s no one looking out for college athletes. If the NCAA cannot look beyond the almighty dollar and change the rules, we may see more unfortunate situations like Tyler Sash.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
Credit: NY Times and Huffington Post