Concussion controversy continues after AFC win

8:26 AM, Jan 20, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - The NFL concussion controversy is in the news again after Sunday's AFC Championship game.

Broncos' cornerback Tony Carter left the field with concussion like symptoms in the second half of the game. It's just one in a series of concussions for the Broncos this season. Dr. Sean Bryant, neuroradiologist with Diversified Radiology talked about the topic on 9NEWS 7 a.m.

Debate regarding the health effects of concussions on players continues to stir up plenty of controversy. So too have suggestions that concussions and other types of play-related traumatic brain injuries might be a major cause of player suicides and other symptoms after retirement including memory loss and depression.

Critics say that for years, the NFL refused to admit the basic facts; that a concussion is a brain injury; that the lingering consequences of even a single concussion can plague a player for his lifetime; that multiple concussions complicate and slow the speed of any potential recovery and increase the chances of devastating long term disability.

The NFL now mandates a detailed protocol to check if a player is concussed, though some believe it still doesn't go far enough. The league also handed out a huge settlement to former players.

Numerous tech efforts have been attempted to prevent concussions, such as a device created by Schutt Sports called the "Shockometer" that lights up red on a player's helmet following a hard hit. Riddell created the Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) and Sideline Response System (SRS) to help record the frequency and severity of player impacts during practices and games.

While Reebok developed the Head Impact Indicator; a quarter-sized device placed on a player's skull, which activates a red/yellow light if the player is hit too hard.

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