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http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/12496480/san-francisco-49ers-linebacker-chris-borland-retires-head-injury-concerns

 

"San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL's top rookies the past season, told "Outside the Lines" on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma."

 

My jaw literally hit the floor after reading this. (1) The 49ers have had literally the worst offseason I can remember. Harbaugh, Willis and now Borland. Gore, Crabtree, Smith are gone. And Tomsula is your new coach (2) This may be the start of athletes leaving the game to preserve their health.

- Borland was a STUD rookie looking to make millions. No injuries but doesn't want CTE.

- Patrick Willis left cause of chronic toe injury.

- Jake Locker retires due to injuries even though he coulda been a backup.

- Jason Worilds retires to do other things

- Jones-Drew - only 29 but he likely wasn't gonna make any team so retirement expected

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This was surprising to the Niners also. Very mature decision for Borland honestly. I've seen other players retire young from the game also recently. No doubt of the violent nature of the game whether people want to admit it or not. Kid seemed like a great person and wish him the best in the future.

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Isn't soccer the #2 sport for concussions?

 

I'm sure soccer has some concussions fighting for headers but nowhere near football, hockey, rugby, boxing, etc. Those sports are heavy on physical contact and the "mini" concussions through repeat blows to the head build up over time. I also haven't seen any soccer players drooling into their cereal at age 50.

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I'm sure soccer has some concussions fighting for headers but nowhere near football, hockey, rugby, boxing, etc. Those sports are heavy on physical contact and the "mini" concussions through repeat blows to the head build up over time. I also haven't seen any soccer players drooling into their cereal at age 50.

 

The fact remains that soccer is still number two for concussions, behind football. But let's be real, what is the percentage of football players who are "drooling in their cereal"? Those are the numbers I would like to see. I've known a lot guys who played football, and I would have a real hard time coming up with one name that has had any CTE effects or anything similar from football. Mind you I don't have many people I know who played pro, maybe 3-4. But all of them played through high school and many through college like me. Most have joint injuries that affect them from football, bum knee, shoulders and the like.

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Soccer is not number 2. Stats may support it as number 2 but that's only because there's not sufficient stats for more physical sports. You can't tell me that on average a soccer player gets more concussions than a boxer. Or a hockey player.

 

Watch League of Denial. Great documentary. NFL even pressured ESPN to remove logo and promotion behind the documentary due to television partnership. Was on Netflix but looks like it's free on PBS online per the link below:

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/

 

And as for players drooling in their cereal...I'm focusing only on the players that turn pro. It's those extra 5-10 years that seem to really do damage. Hence why Borland retired. Watch League of Denial and there will be one stat in there that you can't ignore...don't wanna give it away...but in case you want the spoiler here it is below:

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/concussion-watch/76-of-79-deceased-nfl-players-found-to-have-brain-disease/

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I can only go by the stats at hand. I don't know how they compile them, only that soccer was number 2 according to those numbers. I could easily see how soccer players can get minor, multiple concussions from practicing using their head to strike the ball and doing it in a game. Whether or not that is more or less than another sport is irrelevant, it's still reported to occur with some higher amount of frequency in order to be included. When all the contact sports are taken away, will soccer change its rules and not allow head contact with the ball since concussions will only be happening there? Or should swimming and wrestling jump on parents for how dangerous soccer is?

 

I don't disagree that pros are probably going to be more representative in the concussion stats. Obviously playing at that elite level for an added amount of time compared to the other 99% who didn't go pro, will certainly play out in the stats. However going by that logic and the numbers of players who actually achieve that level, why is it necessary to campaign against football in general by the other sports? If it's mostly a problem only at the pro level then most players and parents shouldn't have to worry about it ever becoming an issue.

 

Personally I don't really care for most pro sports including the NFL and don't follow the goings on in that league. I just know that it's a hot button issue with a lot of people, who in turn will not allow their children to participate in football because of the CTE fears. If, as you are saying, it is a problem stemming mainly to pro careers moreso than the lower levels of participation, why do we need to freak out all the youngsters and parents?

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