Readers of this blog are certainly aware of my concern about the number of brain injuries sustained by athletes, not only in the United States but throughout the world. It seems, every morning, when I log on to my computer and open my Google alert email about concussions, there seems to always be at least one story about some athlete having sustained another concussion.
In recent weeks and months, there has been a great deal of controversy directed to the National Football League concerning brain injuries in sports. Not long ago, it was revealed that Dr. Elliot Pellman, long-time chairman of the NFL’s research committee on concussions had misrepresented his credentials and qualifications according to the Baltimore Sun, ESPN and the New York Times. Yesterday, Dr. Pellman, a rheumatologist, resigned as chairman of the committee although surprisingly, he will remain a member of the committee.
Today’s Baltimore Sun article and New York Times report outline the controversy that has been surrounding the NFL and its research committee. Critics of the NFL assert that independent research widely contradicts the reports issued by the NFL’s concussion committee. Certainly, independent research is needed to protect injured athletes.